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Installed new motherboard and windows, now what?

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Hi there! I recently purchased a P67 Sabertooth motherboard but I don't know how to make a proper installation of Drivers.

Once I install windows and boot, what should I do next? Should I upgrade my motherboard Bios? Should I install the intel chipset drivers only or other drivers as well? I am not sure if the ethernet, lan, usb, audio etc drivers are included in the chipset drivers or I should search for them individually.

I will install the GPU drivers after I am done with the motherboard ones, just want to ensure it's optimised and runs to it's fullest so help me out if you know how to do it please.
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Intel Core i5-2500K 4.7GHz 1.376V Asus P67 Sabertooth *B3 Revision* Gigabyte GeForce GTX 570 SoC 1280MB 900/2100MHz G.Skill RipJawsX (2x4GB) 1600MHz 8-8-8-24 1T 
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My Gaming Rig
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Intel Core i5-2500K 4.7GHz 1.376V Asus P67 Sabertooth *B3 Revision* Gigabyte GeForce GTX 570 SoC 1280MB 900/2100MHz G.Skill RipJawsX (2x4GB) 1600MHz 8-8-8-24 1T 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
Crucial RealSSD M4 128GB 2.5" Samsung SpinPoint F3 1TB ASUS DRW-24B3ST Corsair A70 Dual Fan CPU Cooler 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
LG LCD 24" 1920x1200 Logitech G510 Gaming Keyboard OCZ StealthXStream 2 700W NZXT Phantom Enthusiast Full Tower Case - White 
MouseAudioAudio
Logitech G500 Gaming Mouse M-Audio Studiophile AV 40 Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer 
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For a start Windows 7 (making an assumption) will support most of your drivers but as a general rule this should be the process for a new setup:

Configure Hardware
- Physical Install
- Install latest MB BIOS using BIOS utility if possible (can do this later after os install)
- Configure any RAID arrays
Install OS
- After Installation go to device manager Win>COmputer>Right Click> Click manage>Click Device manager
This will show you a summary of all HW installed and whether it has the correct drivers (anything with an exclamation mark is not working or does not have the best drivers
INstall Devices/Drivers
- Download the manufactures latest device drivers and install
Install Standard applications
- (Office, Adobe, Mozill, Flash etc etc)
Update OS
- Run windows update and install all updates (win 7 will also find some HW drivers)
- Windows udate will also find updates for any installed MS apps

You good to go, but I also reccomend at this point (assuming Win 7 again) making a system image backup to your data drive or an external device. To do this go to Control Panel>Backup & Restore>Click "create a system image" on the left>follow the wizard instructions

This image can be used to restore you setup at any time if you have any major problems with the OS installation and will save you a lot of time in the future. If you make any major changes to the OS or apps then you can create another one, bear in mind that a standard OS/Drivers/Basic Apps image will bu somewhere between 20 & 30GB so you wouldn't want to do it too often.

If you ever need to restore a Win 7 image you can boot from the WIN 7 media (USB or DVD) and when the install screen comes up click "repair my computer" and follow the options to re-install from the image.

Hope this helps!
     
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I7 920 D0 @ 4.2Ghz Gigabyte X58A-UD3R XFX HD 5970 @ 950MHz 12GB Corsair Vengeance 8-8-8-24 
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SanDisk Xtreme 240GB Who Cares? Corsair H80 Win 7 Ultimate X64 
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Syncmaster 2494 Steelseries 6Gv2 XFX Pro 850W Silver 88%Eff CoolerMaster CM690 
Mouse
Logitech G500 
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I7 920 D0 @ 4.2Ghz Gigabyte X58A-UD3R XFX HD 5970 @ 950MHz & 1250MHz Mem 12GB Corsair Vengeance 8-8-8-24 
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SanDisk Xtreme 240GB Who Cares? Custom Loop Win 7 Ultimate X64 
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
I7 920 D0 @ 4.2Ghz Gigabyte X58A-UD3R MSI HD5970 @ 950MHz & 1250MHz Mem 12GB Corsair Vengeance 8-8-8-24 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingCooling
SanDisk Xtreme 240GB Who Cares? Custom Loop Black Ice GT Stealth 360mm Rad 
CoolingCoolingCoolingCooling
Black Ice GT Stealth 240mm Rad Laing DDC-1+ Pump EK Waterblocks 10335 EK-Supreme Highflow CPU Bl... EK-FC5970  
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
Win 7 Ultimate X64 Samsung Syncmaster 2494 Steelseries 6Gv2 XFX Pro 850W Silver 88%Eff 
CaseMouse
Xigmatek Elysium Steelseries Xai 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
I7 920 D0 @ 4.2Ghz Gigabyte X58A-UD3R XFX HD 5970 @ 950MHz 12GB Corsair Vengeance 8-8-8-24 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
SanDisk Xtreme 240GB Who Cares? Corsair H80 Win 7 Ultimate X64 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Syncmaster 2494 Steelseries 6Gv2 XFX Pro 850W Silver 88%Eff CoolerMaster CM690 
Mouse
Logitech G500 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
I7 920 D0 @ 4.2Ghz Gigabyte X58A-UD3R XFX HD 5970 @ 950MHz & 1250MHz Mem 12GB Corsair Vengeance 8-8-8-24 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
SanDisk Xtreme 240GB Who Cares? Custom Loop Win 7 Ultimate X64 
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Samsung Syncmaster 2494 Steelseries 6Gv2 XFX Pro 850W Silver 88%Eff HAF 922 
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