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Hello. I'm in the middle of my first build and as a newb I am I had some questions. Help would be very much appreciated.

1) Do my HDDs need any cooling at all? I don't OC and I think my case will be always at a very safe temperature, but I decided to direct my front fan towards the CPU and GPU and leave my HHDs and SSD (below) totally un-fanned. Thoughts?

2) Drivers. So, are my drivers specific for each hardware component, or do I have the flexibility of choosing my own driver, perhaps from a list of "best drivers". I'm thinking wireless, usb 3.0, audio, video.

3) Do the metal bits on the input-output shield that are in the way and meant to be pushed back matter? Some of them fell off when I was intsalling. It was terribly designed. I think they are meant to supply extra grounding to that bit. My input-ouput shield has no risk of falling into the case---it's on tight.

4) Does the quality of cabels that carry digital content matter (granted you buy one made of decent material that will last)? I'm thinking my display port or SATA cords. They're all just $5 cords I got off amazon that were well reviewed. I think with digital signals its all the same.

5) Any general input on setting up a new comp? I plan to put my games (just 3 or so), win7, and some basic programs on my 120gb SSD. And then use my HHDs for my win7 library.

Thanks so much for your input.
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1. Your HDDs will be fine, but they would be better with cooling. Use programs such as hwmonitor to keep a check on temps.

2. Drivers for GPU etc will be supplied by the manufacturer, and should be supplied with a disc for the installation, although more up to date drivers are available online.
Drivers for audio, ethernet and motherboard related devices will also be supplied by the motherboard manufacturer, the motherboard should also come with a disc with the installation files.
Devices will fail to work correctly if they are not using the correct drivers.

3. Yes the I/O shield provides grounding the the I/O ports on the motherboard. So long there is a good contact there wont be an issue.

4. I don't think you will notice much of a difference.

5. You haven't provided us with any information about your components, nor have you filled out the sig rig using the rigbuilder, However your disk plan seems okay.
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