Originally Posted by BENBOBBY
Hello everyone. Ive just finished building my first complete computer (specs below) now Im just wondering the best way to install everything to make sure I have all the latest drivers. So far Ive installed Windows and let it do all the updates but havent installed any drivers.
Ive heard I should discard the CD that came with my Asus motherboard as it will be out of date. Ive also heard that the Asus website isnt very good and should use Intel's instead. But how do I download drivers from Intel exactly?
Ive downloaded the Intel Chipset Device Software (INF Update Utility) as suggested from here
but it doesnt seem to "do" anything?
The Automatic Intel Driver Update Utility on the website doesnt work either. Just stays on "Analyzing computer..." on Chrome and IE with latest Java. Theres an option to manually search but dont know what Im even supposed to be looking for? Asus? H87? 4570? lol
If I should use the Asus website what file(s) do I need exactly? BIOS Updater/BIOS/Intel Chipset Software Installation Utility/Intel Chipset Driver/Management Engine Interface?? Confused!
Thanks for any advice.SYSTEM INFO:
OS: Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
GFX: SAPPHIRE AMD Radeon R9 270X 4GB
CPU: Intel Core i5 4570
RAM: Corsair 8GB (2 x 4GB) Vengeance DDR3 1600MHz
PSU: Corsair RM650 Modular Power Supply
HDD: Sandisk Extreme 240GB SSD
MOBO: Asus H87M-PLUS s1150 uATX H87
The chipset driver installer is indeed a very simple one. Once you run the installer and once it finishes, that's done. The chipset driver (H87 driver is installed.
Next, and this is just my personal opinion, I would just go to your motherboard's product page on ASUS's website and then click Support.
From there, look for and download, extract, and then install the driver for the Realtek LAN Driver: http://dlcdnet.asus.com/pub/ASUS/lan/Realtek_LAN_Win7-8-8-1_VER775_VER810_VER819.zip
If you are using onboard audio, then download, extract, and then install the Realtek Audio Driver: http://dlcdnet.asus.com/pub/ASUS/misc/audio/Realtek_Audio_Win7-8-8-1_VER6017071.zip
If you're using any of the Intel USB 3.0 ports, then download, extract, and then the Intel USB 3.0 Controller Driver: http://dlcdnet.asus.com/pub/ASUS/misc/usb30/Intel_USB3_Win7_VER25019.zip
Now, there's a "SATA" category here. My knowledge is only as current as P67 and Z68. However, it's kind of the same thing: if you're using it, then you need the driver. If not, then you don't need the driver. So get only what you need. I wanted to recommend using Intel's "download center" site for the Intel drivers in this SATA category, but omg, forget that. I recommend using Station Drivers:
For example, you can easily find the latest WHQL Intel Rapid Storage Technology driver, which I did: http://station-drivers.com/download/intel/raid/intel_rst_126.96.36.1991(www.station-drivers.com).exe
I honestly don't know what other "SATA" category drivers you'd need though. :( I'm sorry. Actually, it's not that you need the Intel Rapid Storage Technology driver, but it's just that everything's better with it installed. ;) I will also show you how to configure it so that you don't have the software starting with windows (so that all you're left with is the driver, which is all we really want anyway). It just requires some very simple and easy tweaking, starting with the software itself and then one change in the Registry and then another in Services.msc. ;)
Note: this driver will not work if you have your SSD connected to one of the Marvell ports. So, if you do, then switch to one of the Intel SATA ports ASAP. Those Marvell ports suck.
Beyond the motherboard, of course you want the latest driver for your video card:
As for the BIOS, I wouldn't touch that unless you need to.
That's all I can think of for now.
Edited by TwoCables - 3/18/14 at 5:44pm