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I'm getting ready to re-install my copy of Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit and optimize it however I want to be absolutely I have all the drivers I need and the correct versions of them and I was hoping to get some of you to "double check" to make sure nothing is out of place and I will be selecting the best driver. Few reasons leading to this re-install has to do with multiple driver issues, slower performance, etc. and the best way IMO would be to start fresh.

System information (Can also be seen in signature under "First Born"):

Phenom II X4 965 BE
ASUS HD 7770 1GB GDDR5 Ghz Edition
Kingston HyperX Blu 8GB DDR3 1600Mhz
ASRock 970 Extreme3
Seagate Barricuda 500GB 7200RPM


Now to my understanding it would be better to download the drivers rather than use the ones that came with the disk.


For my motherboard, this is what I have found on the ASRock website: Click

For the audio drivers listed on ASRock's website, would it be better off for me to get them from the Realtek website directly or just use the ones from the website?


For the graphics card I plan to just use the ones from the AMD site rather than from the disk that came with it.



Is there anything else I am missing or is everything pretty much covered? Help will greatly be appreciated and reps will be given out.
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Typically I will just download everything listed under "drivers" from my motherboard's support page, and graphics driver.
I also download wireless card drivers, audio card drivers - but that's just because they are both dedicated cards instead of onboard.
Other than that, Windows usually has you covered via Windows Update.

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Typically I will just download everything listed under "drivers" from my motherboard's support page, and graphics driver.

I also download wireless card drivers, audio card drivers - but that's just because they are both dedicated cards instead of onboard.

Other than that, Windows usually has you covered via Windows Update.


Thanks for the reply.

Not sure I would trust Windows Update when it comes to drivers for components, I try to get them from the manufacturer website.

Just wanted to make sure I wasn't missing anything and was selecting the best drivers for my hardware.
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Thanks for the reply.

Not sure I would trust Windows Update when it comes to drivers for components, I try to get them from the manufacturer website.

Just wanted to make sure I wasn't missing anything and was selecting the best drivers for my hardware.

 

Well other than what I listed everything should be pretty generic - as for performance and stability, it likely won't make any difference. Pretty much everything you need drivers for is listed on your motherboard's support page anyway, unless you have add-on cards. You may want to check out keyboard / mouse drivers too.

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Well other than what I listed everything should be pretty generic - as for performance and stability, it likely won't make any difference. Pretty much everything you need drivers for is listed on your motherboard's support page anyway, unless you have add-on cards. You may want to check out keyboard / mouse drivers too.

Alrighty.

As far as keyboard and mouse drivers go I don't like the software for it and have barely used it during this installation of Windows. Only thing I've used the software for with my keyboard and mouse is if I wanted to change something quickly.


Edit: Just remembered one problem I've been having. Since I've installed the audio drivers when I first put together the rig, there hasn't been an equalizer adjustment in the Realtek HD Audo Manager. I've even tried using the one directly from the Realtek site and have yet to have an equalizer in the options. Any ideas?

Another thing as well, whenever I use my Turtle Beach PX21 in my audio ports, it sounds as if I am hearing some noise in the background when there is no sound playing. It gets very irritating at times.
Edited by CS14 - 2/27/13 at 11:39am
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Alrighty.

As far as keyboard and mouse drivers go I don't like the software for it and have barely used it during this installation of Windows. Only thing I've used the software for with my keyboard and mouse is if I wanted to change something quickly.


Edit: Just remembered one problem I've been having. Since I've installed the audio drivers when I first put together the rig, there hasn't been an equalizer adjustment in the Realtek HD Audo Manager. I've even tried using the one directly from the Realtek site and have yet to have an equalizer in the options. Any ideas?

Another thing as well, whenever I use my Turtle Beach PX21 in my audio ports, it sounds as if I am hearing some noise in the background when there is no sound playing. It gets very irritating at times.

 

As for the noise, it's common for onboard audio. There isn't a whole lot you can do about it. It's an issue with interference and shielding. 

I can't really comment on the equalizer, as I use a different audio card.

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