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OK, I will be assembling my new rig shortly and I just wanted to double check to make sure I have this process down correctly.

Once the actual assembly of the hardware is complete I know I have to go into the BIOS after a successful boot. From my understanding this is to change the date and time, make sure that the motherboard sees and recognizes all of the hardware we put in, Check over on voltages and temperatures and finally to change the primary boot option to boot from Cd so that we can install the OS.

Is there anything else I look for when im in the BIOS for the first time? I will not worry about overclocking anything just yet, that might come at a later time.

Also, When it comes to updating the motherboard BIOS. How do I know if I am up to date and whether I need to update it? And if I do where and how do I do so.

And Hardware Drivers, once I get everything running and the OS is installed, is it better to put in the driver cd's I received with the parts? Or should I go online and find the latest drivers for my hardware.


Ive looked online and so far have gotten mixed answers to all of these questions. Please help.
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post #2 of 8
OR you can

Assemble all the hardware

Reset the bios. And hit the start button.

And insert your windows installation DVD.

Your PC will recognize the hardware and load up the default settings and voltages ETC ETC

No you dont need to Flash the bios. You should only do so if you run into any errors that may have been fixed since.

Flashing your bios has more risk then rewards. If you brick it you may have to RMA and pay for the repair.

It is also better to download the latest drivers online.
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post #3 of 8
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What do you mean by reset the bios and hit the start button? How do I reset the bios before the initial boot?
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Jumpers

they should look like this

Refer to your manual

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post #5 of 8
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and changing the psition of that tab changed or resets the bios? Im a little confused lol.
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Originally Posted by mwl5apv View Post
and changing the psition of that tab changed or resets the bios? Im a little confused lol.
What you need to do (And might not even need to but just to calm your nerves about Over clocking)

Is unplugg the system and switch he position of the tab for 10 seconds. Then put it back to how it was and start the pc again. This will erase the information in the cmos (Which is where the bios stores its info)
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Originally Posted by mwl5apv View Post
Is there anything else I look for when im in the BIOS for the first time? I will not worry about overclocking anything just yet, that might come at a later time.
Aside from the other advices what you should do is enter the "Hardware monitoring" section and make sure the temps are in check (aka not over 70°C). This is in order to make sure you placed the coolers properly.
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Also, When it comes to updating the motherboard BIOS. How do I know if I am up to date and whether I need to update it? And if I do where and how do I do so.
At boot you'll be greeted with the BIOS version. Look on the motherboard's manufacturer site of there is a newer BIOS. Some boards also have utilities that do this check for you, but it may be more time consuming to actually install these tools then to google "blabla motherboard bios download"
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And Hardware Drivers, once I get everything running and the OS is installed, is it better to put in the driver cd's I received with the parts? Or should I go online and find the latest drivers for my hardware.
Get the newest online, why install older drivers?
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Ive looked online and so far have gotten mixed answers to all of these questions. Please help.
There you go, hope this helps
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alright, I went through the entire motherboard user guide and have a better idea of what is what. However there are a few things that the manual did not mention.

1: I will be using a separate graphics card, do I have to disable the on-board gpu manually? If so how do I do that?

2: The support CD. The manual states that the support cd allows me to pick and choose what motherboard features I want installed. Are all of these guys necessary? Do I even need to use that cd? Or can I run everything without installing anything on that disc?

when I turn on the pc for the first time, I want to let it run and POST first correct? And if no error messages come up restart the system and go into the bios. Is that right?
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