What newbies and other adventurers using for mining in here?
I've played with just Guiminer and BAMT myself. What else is out there?
I like BAMT best as you can modify the core, memory and fan speeds by making a change in a config file.
Nothing t0o fancy till you play around with other switches/features.
That is my thought on it.
I can't recommend it highly enough. It's easy, efficient and under constant development. It also does engine, memory and fan speed management, and a wealth of other useful settings.
Best of all, the dev is active on this board, at this thread: https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=28402.0