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I will be building a new PC for my cousin tomorrow and it will be my first real build. I got a lot of help from a friend for my sig rig so this will be my first official build.

I know how to assemble a PC very well so that part is easy. I just wanted to know after I assemble, do I need to do anything with the BIOS? Will the computer automatically recognize the hard drive and set voltages for the CPU and RAM? So basically I just assemble everything and then go straight to OS installation right?
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Originally Posted by ComradeNF View Post
I will be building a new PC for my cousin tomorrow and it will be my first real build. I got a lot of help from a friend for my sig rig so this will be my first official build.

I know how to assemble a PC very well so that part is easy. I just wanted to know after I assemble, do I need to do anything with the BIOS? Will the computer automatically recognize the hard drive and set voltages for the CPU and RAM? So basically I just assemble everything and then go straight to OS installation right?
Just plug and play man.

you'll want to play with the bios later of course but it will fire up without touching it.
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Most stuff will configure itself. The only thing you may want to worry about is setting RAM timings and RAM frequency. Other than that just install the OS.
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Most stuff will configure itself. The only thing you may want to worry about is setting RAM timings and RAM frequency. Other than that just install the OS.
Yeah, pretty much this. Correct RAM timings were the only thing my board didn't do right. Enabled the XMP profile and all was well.
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Just enable AHCI before installing W7. Personally when I assembled my computer I couldn't wait and I overclocked the CPU before installing Windows
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For the computer I built with my friend, it recognized the hard drive before the dvd drive in the boot order, so I went into the bios and changed that so we could load it up with Linux.
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For the computer I built with my friend, it recognized the hard drive before the dvd drive in the boot order, so I went into the bios and changed that so we could load it up with Linux.
Ah yes, good call, I forgot that mine wouldn't boot to the OS due to the boot order at first.
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