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Hello all,

EDITED: Thanks! I've edited this post to contain the info.

My system components are listed in the "My System" part at the bottom of this post. This will be a new computer and all the components are new (except for the audio card, which I may not end up installing).

I built my current computer, so I know the basics. But that was three years ago, so some things may have changed!

(1) My first question is what components should I install for the initial bootup?

From what I understand, I should begin by installing the SSD and the CD Drive (and of course the CPU, CPU Cooler, RAM, PSU, and GPU). I have the second HD, a multicard reader and an audio card, but I believe I need to save their installation until after I have installed Windows 7.

Any particular issues I should watch out for given my components (which are listed below)? I do know about the SATA bug, and I will only use the SATA III ports.

Does it matter if I use the intel controlled SATA III ports or the Marvel controlled SATA III ports for my SSD?

(2) After installing the initial components, is there anything else I should do before booting up for the first time?

(3) Steps after booting but before installing Windows 7

From what I understand, I need to switch my MOBO to ACHI (or something like that) so it operates better with my SSD. Is that right?

Anything else I need to do before installing Windows 7?

(4) After installing Windows 7, what next? Do I just download the new drivers for my components?

Another question is when should I flash my MOBO to the latest BIOS. I believe there is probably a newer version, and when is it best to update it?
Edited by magogian - 2/23/11 at 7:23pm
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post #2 of 12
I don't think that there is any specific place to post new builds, the thread may be fine posted here...

Do you already have all the components?

I usually start with PSU and Motherboard, depending on the size of them, maybe board first. Then CPU and HS, RAM, HDDs and DVD, PCI-e and PCIs. Depending on the case's size and space to all the components, sometimes it is necessary to install bigger things first so that you won't need to disassemble lots of pieces, like HDDs before RAM.
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post #3 of 12
Welcome to the forums!

First off, this section is as good as any to ask your questions. You haven't given us much background of your project, but I'm going to assume you're new to PC building.

Building a PC is extremely easy as it is simply plugging in the right cords to the right places and screwing everything into your case so that it's well secured. There are many useful guides on google that go into the PC assembly process, so it's redundant for me to write you a how to. If you have any specific questions during your build, however, please don't hesitate to ask.

Here's a howto by PC Stats: http://www.pcstats.com/articleview.c...id=1444&page=1

As for specific suggestions regarding assembly procedure, I generally install the power supply into my case first and then assemble the CPU, heatsink, and memory on the motherboard (out of the case). Then it's a matter of installing the motherboard, hard drive, cd drive, and wiring everything.

Good luck with your build, and welcome again to the community! If you find any of our responses particularly helpful, click the REP+ button next to his or her name.
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post #4 of 12
Things haven't changed much in the last 3 years

1) Jus to to be safe and you don't get errors in the first boot, install the base hardware components first, like Board, CPU+HS, GPU and RAM, a DVD Drive and your SSD. make sure that everything is properly seated and connected. It shouldn't matter what sata III controller you choose to connect your SSD drive, just make sure you place it first in the HDD device priority so the board will boot from it.
2) Download the latest bios version from the manufacturer's site and have it ready to flash your current BIOS on the first boot, after that you are ready to start configuring your BIOS, like boot device priority, DVD drive first if you don't want to press F8/F11, or whatever key it works to boot-up menu, AHCI mode to disk drives, Fan profiles, etc..
3) After you have set everything that you like in BIOS boot from DVD drive and start installing windows. Don't remove the DVD from the drive until you are in desktop.
4) when windows is ready to use, install the remaining components, as PCI cards and other HDDs and install their driveres in windows.
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post #5 of 12
Make sure to download the newest drivers aswell for your GFX card, dont use the old ones on the cd If you do use those from the CD, update them ASAP As for building I went CPU --> RAM --> RAM fans --> mobo into PC --> PCI-E cards into PC --> optical drive + HDD's --> H70 --> drag all data cables --> PSU and all power cables
Edited by Recluse - 2/24/11 at 9:04am
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mysuperpc.com is a good resource too
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post #7 of 12
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Another question. This one is kind of stupid, so please forgive me.

I don't actually receive my MOBO until Monday. So, I thought it might be worth testing my PSU and making sure I have the fans set up properly, etc. Can I plug just my fans into my PSU and power on the PSU? Or will powering it on like that without attaching the other compenents cause a problem?

Thanks
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post #8 of 12
The PSU will only power on if you have a mobo to instruct it to, or a PSU tester. If you have a board laying around you can test your PSU and all the fans on the case through it.
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post #9 of 12
Quote:
Originally Posted by matroska View Post
The PSU will only power on if you have a mobo to instruct it to, or a PSU tester. If you have a board laying around you can test your PSU and all the fans on the case through it.
Actually, if you have a wire stripper and some construction wire laying around, you can jump start the PSU.

1. Strip a wire so you have a short wire, 2-3 inches long with the copper ends exposed.

2. At the same time, push both ends of the wire into the two GREEN and BLACK ports, as shown in the image below.

Like in this image:


She should start right up.
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post #10 of 12
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Thanks for the info!
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