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Helloo everyone.
Around Sept I believe of last year I built my first Budget Gaming Rig.
Works great and all and I guess from being too happy and excited I never bothered to ask this forum.

What should I do? As in, what should one do right after they installed Windows 7? Update Bios, Download GPU Date, Run A Stress Test, etc.

Don't know how to describe what im asking for but I hope you guys get the picture. Its running great right now and im thinking of overclocking but not yet sure.

If anyone can give me a basic to do list of what someone should do once they got there rig up and running for the first time it would be great!

Cheers.
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post #2 of 12
You will get alot of different answers to those questions. But personally after I get done loading the OS and creating my partitions I update all drivers, then at this point it isn't a bad idea to capture an image or make a restore point(just back it up somehow because this is the base). Next, verify your bios date and upgrade if needed only, if what you have works you don't have to upgrade the bios. After that I install anti-virus/other cleaning tools, support software (such as flash, silverlight, reader, etc), and then on to the main programs office, games, video players, etc. After all is said and done you could make another backup then do some overclocking if you are into that.
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post #3 of 12
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Where do you go to update all the drivers? As well as backup.
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post #4 of 12
I install all the drivers that came with mobo (or look online for updated ones), check temperature and see if everything is working, and thats about it. From there I install all the programs that i'm going to use (web browser, flash, etc)
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I can still download the Drivers right now correct? Even though i already downloaded web browsers and games??
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post #7 of 12
Quote:
Originally Posted by Hi iTs SlayeR View Post
I can still download the Drivers right now correct? Even though i already downloaded web browsers and games??
Yes. Drivers don't affect installed programs. Also, I came across this, and have been meaning to use it.
http://ninite.com/
Edited by amantonas - 1/26/11 at 2:18pm
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post #8 of 12
Update drivers by going directly to the manufactures websites. This way you know you are getting up-to-date drivers. Windows installs drivers for you...most of the time, but they may not always be up to date.
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OCZ Agility 4 (OS) 1TB Hitachi (Data & Apps) 1TB Hitachi (Movies & other Multimedia) 750GB 
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DVD±RW / ASUS USB 2.0 8x Slim external DVD Burner Cooler Master Hyper T4 NZXT Sentry Mix COOLER MASTER SickleFlow 120mm x2 
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Windows 10 Pro 64bit ASUS VS247H-P 23.6"  ASUS VH236H 23"  HP 27" 2560x1440 
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post #9 of 12
This is a great topic. Almost finished building my computer and am wondering the same thing.

Is it a good idea to run a boot like Ultimate Boot CD for CPU/Memory/HDD diagnostics before loading the OS? Or are there functions in Windows or the BIOS to run hardware diagnostics?
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post #10 of 12
Ninite.com yo! Use it! Its wicked sick!
Edited by killeraxemannic - 1/26/11 at 2:50pm
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