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I was thinking about this today whilst reading some guides on building PC's and also thinking about my previous builds, and its a point Ive never seen in a "Build your own PC" guide.

Alot of the systems I've built from new components have problems when first put together. Not due to drivers, or corrupt installations, but because of the motherboard being shipped with an out dated BIOS.

Would it not be fair to assume that given ANY build, you should update the BIOS as soon as possible? Possibly even before windows is installed? Dont get me wrong, I'm aware of risks involved - a dead board that has to be RMA'd in case of a bad flash, but surely the benefits of having a trouble free installation are better than trying to struggle on with SPD timings or Clock settings being interpretted wrong by the OS (2 situations which I have encountered in systems Ive built).

Anyway, just wanted to see what everyones opinion on this was!
    
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post #2 of 8
IMO it's better to risk the RMA to ensure troublefree installation later, then to finish the build, encounter problems, and then find out you have to flash the BIOS anyway, potentially voiding all of your previous work if it goes badly.
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I think you have a good point.... I updated the BIOS on my Biostar twice before I even installed XP.... with absolutely no problems afterward.
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I have never bought a board that needed a BIOS update. I usually try to buy a board that has been out for a while (6 months or so). This insures that most of the BIOS revising has already been done.
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post #5 of 8
depends on the board - I wouldn't just do it as a knee-jerk reaction to taking the board out of the box, I'd talk to people who have been using the board first, and read up on the BIOS revisions. And as for SPD timings...manually set your timings! That I DO do as a knee-jerk reaction to booting a system for the first time.
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post #6 of 8
Rule of thumb is that you don't need to update your BIOS unless you are having problems.

Plus, these days most motherboards come with a dual-BIOS. So if you have a bad flash, the other BIOS will effectively recover itself.
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Depends, I usually try to research before I buy or assemble anything. If it looks like I have hardware or am getting hardware that the current bios on a board I want to buy doesn't support but an updated bios does, then I go ahead and have the new bios available and flash it before trying to finish the build
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I make it a rule to flash the newest BIOS available, unless there is evidence the new BIOS has a problem. I usually flash before even completing my build, often before the board is in my case.
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