im still waiting for my H440. for now im using the bitfenix shinobi just until H440 arrive where i live. will be in a month or two. i just build my first PC over the weekend. i self-study for around 2 months or so, youtubing and reading articles, my PC is now up and running. i'd like to ask a couple questions about my installations if you guys fellow H series owners don't mind
firstly, the PC pict. this is my 1st PC
1) Regarding Video card installation::
==> My r9 270x vga have 2x6 pin connector. My psu is modular and comes with 2 pci-e express cable labeled SLI ready.
Unlike the regular psu pci-e cable i saw on youtube installation guide... My psu pci-e cable has 2 ends like in the photo below. Each cable has 2 ends and each end has 6 + 2 pin connector.
On the picture im using both cables that's supplied from my PSU. My question is... do i only need to plug in one cable to the vga (because each cable has 2 x 6+2 pin connector) or do i have to plug in both cable?
2) Regarding 6 holes for speaker::
==> there's 6 holes for speaker, other than the one for mic. im confused about the other 5. which one should i use if my current speaker is an el-cheapo portable speaker with 1 plug. and also, which one is the one for plugging in my headphones?
3) Regarding VGA Boost::
==>i read that combining msi board with msi vga then there wil be advantage feature called vga boost. I couldn't find the option anywhere in the BIOS nor in the MSI command center. I dl'd the msi gaming app but its only look like this photo
Which software i should download and where is it located?
4) Regarding general driver installation::
what driver and utility should i install and which ones are bloatwares? do you guys mind pointing it out for me?
on the MSI board download page there are superRAID / Live Update / Command Center / Supercharger / sound blaster / intel extreme tuning ability / fastboot
i hv no experience with PC, but based on the title alone, i think i don't need supercharger and intel extreme tuning ability.
i definitely need command center.
i'm not sure about superRAID and Live Update. Do i need to install Live Update? and since i'm not RAIDing my storage. do i need superRAID utility?
are those utilities making the boot slow? 70-80 seconds for a windows 8 boot on a high-performance SSD feels really bad.
5) Regarding far slower boot than my expectation::
==> The reason i asked no.3 question is because i installed all the drivers and utilities from the board and vga page. But then i notice that the time to boot from power off using my i5 ULV laptop with intel 330 is far faster than this PC that's using a OCZ Vector 150 and a i5-4570.
Id like to ask why my cheap laptop boot far faster than the pc?
The boot to windows itself is fairly fast. But the dragon gaming logo showed up for far too long 30 seconds-ish or so.
6) Regarding Fastboot option (both MSI and BIOS)::
==>Do i need to install msi fast boot or enable fastboot on bios or smthn? Because i notice there's both the regular and msi fast boot option on bios. Also theres the msi fast boot utility... which one should i install?
7) i read about sleving cables articles from google. i'm not going to DIY my cable myself since the tools is not easy to find here at my place. (at least i cant find it in my local walmart). i also find that my local retailers sell sleeved extension cables like this one here http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=CB-071-BX
is extension cable different than normal cables? that color extension cables looks nice, what's the purpose of those extension cable? is it only for extending PSU cable for better cable management or can it replace the PSU cable, say i replace the pci-e cable on my PSU and use that extension, to make my board looks cool from the window
*ps: i hv some other question about fan as well but i'll ask that later.. cheers