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In about a weeks time I'll be assembling my first proper build and I was trying to gauge what would be the best order to do things in, especially with installing drivers, setting overclocks, making sure I get the best performance from SSD etc.

Do you install your OS first or is there something else on your mind?
Do you begin by tweaking the BIOS to your liking or leave all that until later?
Do you use the drivers on the disc provided with the hardware or go straight to the manufacturers website?
Do you tweak anything specific once in the OS that you just can't live without, a special theme, remove unwanted bloat?
Do you have to get that CPU overclocked before you bother with anything else?


What do YOU do after finishing assembly of a new build?
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rig bios and install linux
copy my home folder over and I'm done
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install OS first
use the drivers on the disc provided with the hardware then go straight to the manufacturers website
tweak anything specific once in the OS that you just can't live without

Run it at stock for a while, iron bugs and then OC

Then get drunk to celebrate smile.gif
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Assemble rig
Install OS on stock BIOS settings
install drivers
OC
stress test
OC MORE! tongue.gif
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Originally Posted by Browncoat;14607902 
In about a weeks time I'll be assembling my first proper build and I was trying to gauge what would be the best order to do things in, especially with installing drivers, setting overclocks, making sure I get the best performance from SSD etc.

Do you install your OS first or is there something else on your mind?
I go into the bios and setup everything making sure things are coming up corectly

Do you begin by tweaking the BIOS to your liking or leave all that until later?
Little tweaks but no overclocks yet
Do you use the drivers on the disc provided with the hardware or go straight to the manufacturers website?
Website
Do you tweak anything specific once in the OS that you just can't live without, a special theme, remove unwanted bloat?
Turn off system restore, other ssd tweaks, bloat
Do you have to get that CPU overclocked before you bother with anything else?
Only start overclocking after I install the OS, Prime, IBT, temp monitors, etc...


What do YOU do after finishing assembly of a new build?
I assemble everything make sure it works, then spend 3 hours on cable management frown.gif

Thats what I do.
    
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Browncoat;14607902 
In about a weeks time I'll be assembling my first proper build and I was trying to gauge what would be the best order to do things in, especially with installing drivers, setting overclocks, making sure I get the best performance from SSD etc.

Do you install your OS first or is there something else on your mind?
The first thing I always do is I configure the BIOS (or now "UEFI"). I make sure that go through every last part of it to make sure that absolutely everything is configured to my liking. This includes disabling everything I'm not using. wink.gif Of course, it also includes making sure that my memory's speed, timings and voltage are all set correctly.

So the first thing I do is that I make sure my system is 100% ready for an OS to be installed.

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Originally Posted by Browncoat;14607902 
Do you use the drivers on the disc provided with the hardware or go straight to the manufacturers website?

I always get the latest drivers from the internet. I also always compare the versions that my motherboard's manufacturer has on their site to the versions that the hardware manufacturer has, like with Realtek or Intel drivers.

9 times out of 10, the CDs that come with hardware (like motherboards) are outdated by the time we open them.


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Originally Posted by Browncoat;14607902 
Do you tweak anything specific once in the OS that you just can't live without, a special theme, remove unwanted bloat?
Absolutely! I do all of my tweaking as I go. I try to install all of the drivers first, but there are some tweaks that I have to make before I do anything at all, and there other tweaks that can wait. Some of those tweaks that I do first aren't necessary, but I still do them because otherwise I get a bit impatient and distracted. smile.gif


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Originally Posted by Browncoat;14607902 
Do you have to get that CPU overclocked before you bother with anything else?
I do not overclock until I know my software environment is ready for it. That means I have to be 100% finished with setting it up before I attempt an overclock. After all, my BIOS is already 100% ready for it since I made sure of it before installing my OS, so all that's left is the software level.

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Originally Posted by Browncoat;14607902 
What do YOU do after finishing assembly of a new build?
Ultimately though, the first thing I usually do is go take a leak. biggrin.gif
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Typically once I get it to post and get my drives RAIDed, I walk away for an hour or two. Lets my nerves calm down so that if anything does go wrong I have a collected mind. Then I tweak anything I want in the BIOS (no OC yet) and partition accordingly. Install OS after that with immediate driver updates. Windows updates after driver updates. Then I install all of my software that I think is critical (Chrome, Steam, MSE, Minesweeper, etc). Defraggler is next, with a full defrag. Then I install Paragon Backup 10 and do an independent image, then differential partition backups.

After all of that, I usually turn it off and go to sleep for the night. The next morning is when I do stress tests and everything else I can use to test components to the max.
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I install games and play
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