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Hey all,

New builder here. My goal is to optimize my new system, but I don't really understand BIOS. Is there any guidance as to how to improve performance and turn off unnecessary features. My goal is to be able to play PC games in high quality on a 1920x1080 resolution screen.

Any help or suggestions would be much appreciated!
Edited by zeushimself - 3/29/11 at 8:55pm
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Welcome to OCN, now first of, your goal is to be able to max out Every game at 1080p correct? well, you already have the specs for that, so congratz and have fun!, now to optimize, now not every BIOS is the same, but in general MOST BIOS have a layout like this

Basic Features
-Change date and Time,
-Displays System config

Tuning and Voltage control
-Change CPU multiplier,
-Change Base Clock
-Change RAM Speed
-Chagne RAM timings
-Change Voltages for EVERYTHING to do with the CPU the RAM and the Northbridge.

Advanced Settings
-Onboard Device Disable or Enable
-Storage Configurations
-CPU Fatures Control
-Extended Memory Configuration

Power Settings
-Fan Voltage
-System Temps
-Fan Speeds
-Fan Profile Change

Boot settings
-Primary and Secondary Boot device selection
-Fast/Full Diagnostic Boot
-Full screen logo Enable/Disable

Exit BIOS
-Save an Exit
-Discard and Exit
-Revert to Optimal Settings
-Fail Safe Settings

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This is a universal Map of the BIOS, and the names may not be exact but the ideas are the same for most BIOS' I listed everything that MAY be relevent to you tuning process, and hope it will help,

now more info on BIOS,

- BIOS stands for Basic Input/Output System, and is like the nervous controlling part of your brain, it is the chip that interacts with all the hardware, and allows all the hardware to communicate with each other.
    
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To organize everything im going to split the post and keep it clean, im not double posting//

To Optimize your PC, you will need to enable speedstep, enable TurboBoost, Overclock, which is going to have to go to another thread, and you will have to change fan profiles to your specific needs,

next, make your OS HDD your first priority Storage device, then your optical drive, then your storage,

as for boot order, make it OS HDD>Optical Drive>disabled.

enable quickboot, and set your RAM speeds to the specified speeds, then disable any Componants on your board, such as a Marvell controller, or something that your not using, in advanced settings, then save and exit
    
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you really don't need to change much, but it depends on your board, you only really need to change harddrive/ssd settings for any normal user, for OCing you need to get more into the BIOS.
    
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Originally Posted by Pentium4 531 overclocker View Post
To organize everything im going to split the post and keep it clean, im not double posting//

you will have to change fan profiles to your specific needs,

as for boot order, make it OS HDD>Optical Drive>disabled.
First off, THANK YOU Pentium4 531 overclocker!

Next:

What does the fan profile control? Interior Temp and RPM?

For adding Windows 7 64-bit off of a USB, I need to make that first in the boot order, right?
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First off, THANK YOU Pentium4 531 overclocker!

Next:

What does the fan profile control? Interior Temp and RPM?

For adding Windows 7 64-bit off of a USB, I need to make that first in the boot order, right?
oh it simply controls the fan speeds, i just leave it at auto since i really dont care about fans, and prefere to work on the software side where i can actually profit if i tinker with it =P

and yes if u want windows on a USB make that first, but i wouldnt recommend it, because its slow, and if you want an OS u can move around and use on different machines, use linux
    
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