Originally Posted by broddam
Oh ok cool. I am not going to overclock until I have this thing up and running smoothly. I think I read somewhere that windows will have all the generic drivers I need initially, right? Then I can download the updated ones after I get system up and going?
Windows will have drivers for everything you need to get barely going (unless you'd want to try SATA RAID, which I don't recommend for a first homebuilt PC - in that case you'd need to perform extra steps before you could even get Windows installed). Booting a properly assembled system with the Windows CD in it should start the Windows install process. This will get you into Windows. From there, you'll be able to access your CD / DVD.
The very first thing you should do after your system powers up into Windows is to put in the CD that comes with the motherboard. It will have all the drivers you need to get the chipset recognized properly by Windows, as well as the crucial drivers for the onboard Network Interface Card (NIC). When you have the chipset drivers and the NIC functional, jump out to nVidia and grab the latest drivers. Or ask someone here what drivers they recommend... believe it or not, the most recent drivers aren't always the best/most stable. When in doubt, just go ahead and use the drivers that come with the card. Some will tell you that is just horrible, but in reality it isn't. In the best case drivers might increase performance by single digit per cent range. In the worst case, drivers are unstable and may crash the video subsystem (or all of Windows) when running games. That latter reason is, IMHO, the only truly compelling reason to change revs on drivers. Especially for a first-time builder.
You could also go to Creative to get the latest drivers for that sound card. You may wish to post a question on the sound card board to see what others feel about installing Creative drivers from the CD that comes with the board. In my experience, it is a BIG mistake... Creative bundles so much crap (and I do mean excrement) with the 'typical' install that it is usually a better idea to do a stripped down install where the only thing you get are the actual drivers themselves, and none of the junk that gets included with the typical install.
In summary, Windows install will get you everything you need except:
- Chipset drivers
- NIC drivers
- Video card drivers
- Sound card drivers
This isn't the rule, btw. Depending on the age of your hardware, sometimes Windows has all the basic drivers for everything you own. But with new stuff like in your build, it won't have some stuff.
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