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post #1 of 21
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I just finished putting my PC together for the first time ^-^ and couldn't be more excited. Basically what I want to know is what should I be looking to do after installing Windows right after building a new comp (what you guys would normally do). I've already ran into a few issues, but if I'm missing something that is a "must" after installing Windows please let me know. Before I get to my questions/issues I'll list the specs of my build :

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/NkM8


1. When I first put in my Windows 7 CD and it started to install it recognized both the HDD and SSD. I installed Windows on the SSD (obviously) but now when I go to my computer only my SSD shows up. How do I enable my HDD?

2. I installed the drivers for my EVGA 680 with the CD that came with it. Should I have installed the driver from the nvidia site?

3. I put in my Sabertooth Z77 Motherboard Support CD and installed all the Drivers (but not Utilities) that came with it. I remember reading somewhere on OCN about people having issues with Asus Network iControl. I'm not even sure if I even installed it (I wouldn't know where to look to find it) when I installed all the drivers but do I have to use it? If not where would it be located to see if I installed it so I could remove it.

I'm also not sure what these features do exactly (never mind be able to use them)

- Management Engine Interface
- Asmedia SATA Controller Driver
- Intel Rapid Storage Technology Driver
- Asus AI Suite 2 (did not install this as of yet)

4. I was asked to DL CPU-Z and see what my clock speed was which is 1604.77 MHz. I was told my CPU was "downclocking" I asked how could I change it to the proper speed and was told "go to BIOS and turn off Speedstep C1 C3 C6." Went into BIOS and can't find any such thing.


If there is anything you guys recommend I check or install that I have not mentioned please let me know. First time I've ever built a computer and I want to get it right. Thanks for everyone's help. I really appreciate it. <3


Installed:

- EVGA 680 Drivers
- Intel Chipset Driver
- Intel LAN Driver
- Realtek Audio Driver
post #2 of 21
1). Go to your start menu and search for "disk management" open that up and format your HDD.
2). I would install the drivers on the Nvidia site because they will give you more performance in games and such...
3). I dont own an ASUS Sabertooth motherboard, so i cant help you there....
4). I would look for any sort of power saving feature in the bios and turn it off. i personally own and AMD rig, so i dont have any experience with a Z77 motherboard.
post #3 of 21
never mind
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Thanks for the help so far guys =]


If anyone else has anything to say please feel free
post #5 of 21
Who told you to pick an 850 watts PSU?
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My friend who builds computers for a living. He said:

"PSU to Corsair AX850. firstly its gold cert, so the thing is amazingly reliable, secondly, i added 100watts because of the amps on the 12v rail. This and not the 100 added watts determines how well you can run an sli setup, and the 680s in sli demand a lot of ampage. The added power itself can allow for an extreme oc, more cooling solutions, and added hard drives without a concern about power availability."
post #7 of 21
Alright as long its for a SLI setup

But its still overkill
Edited by shilka - 3/30/13 at 5:58pm
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post #8 of 21
I would get into your bios, and hit reset optimized defaults and get it running normally. All those power savings features are good and they won't keep your from getting a decent overclock later. They will keep you from running at your max when web surfing. Under the advanced tab locate your ram and then set it to one of its xmp profiles (it might only have one). I would load all the motherboard drivers.

Also ignore those who question using an 850 watt psu, but have a1200w themselves.
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post #9 of 21
Quote:
Originally Posted by Fan o' water View Post

Also ignore those who question using an 850 watt psu, but have a1200w themselves.
Probably it was from his old rig which had GTX 580s in SLI?

I also have a 850W PSU from my old rig which had dual cards. If I was building one from the scratch, I would have settled for something like a 550W because I've decided not to go multiGPU ever again.
post #10 of 21
Do all the Windows Updates, update the firmware on your SSD, make sure you have the newest drivers for everything. Basically whatever there is off of the CD for the motherboard, go and download the newest variants off the support website from ASUS. Uninstall CD Drivers for GPU, and install newest drivers from nVdia Website.

Also, make sure you also install a good Antivirus program (like VIPRE or AVG), and grab a Antispyware like Spybot S&D (for weekly maintenance).

If you want, flash your Bios on your motherboard to newest revision (pretty easy stuff these days).

Then go through this guide:

http://www.overclock.net/t/1291703/ivy-bridge-overclocking-guide-asus-motherboards

and start overclocking - don't put that H80 to waste.

After you get yourself a nice stable overclock, give your crack at GPU overclocking:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U9D03zTItR4

Then welcome yourself to the club. thumb.gif
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