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Preparing BIOS for First Time

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February 4, 2014 6:10:13 PM

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CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor (Purchased For $116.97)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler (Purchased For $29.99)
Motherboard: ASRock 970 EXTREME4 ATX AM3+ Motherboard (Purchased For $84.99)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (Purchased For $79.99)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (Purchased For $59.99)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 660 2GB Video Card (Purchased For $164.99)
Case: Rosewill BlackHawk ATX Mid Tower Case (Purchased For $74.99)
Power Supply: SeaSonic 760W 80+ Platinum Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply (Purchased For $99.99)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer (Purchased For $17.98)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) (Purchased For $89.98)
Total: $819.86
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Okay. Well, never mind the overkill psu and other parts that are pricier than I was originally going for. I indulged in some discounts while I could. Anyways, the question I have for you today is how should I go about setting up my BIOS? I have read tutorials which give excellent instructions, but the problem is that they are not for a UEFI BIOS which is what is used with the mobo I purchased. I don't even really need a full answer on this thread, but more of a point to the right direction where I may familiarize myself more with the UEFI layout and with the steps necessary for boot order and OS installation. An answer works too if you want, but I don't imagine it necessary. One reason I ask of this is because, unless it is safe, I am afraid to turn off the computer once I successfully get it running without fully configuring the BIOS. If that is the case, then I would simply turn it on/off for trial and error until the BIOS is how I like it. I'd like to know exactly what it is I'm going to experience before I actually get into it.

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February 4, 2014 6:21:09 PM

with efi bios leaving it a factory default is the best. there only a few settings to check and or change in the bios.
under sata ports make sure the port set to achi mode and not raid or ide. most stock mb will read 1600 ram as 1333. you can leave it there if you want a real stable rig. with amd mb some have intel xmp profile setting some you have to set the dram speed yourself from the spd info. (when your in windows you use cpu-z to read your ram info). then change the ram speed. the last is boot order. the efi bios on the main page should show your hard drive and cd-rom. all you do is drag and drop the cd-rom to be the first device to the left. if not go under boot tab and set the cd-rom as first boot device.
also with newer mb hiting a f key at boot you can change the boot order. once windows is installed you can set the boot order to hard drive first. once you get to know your mb and it cmos setting from the user guild you can turn on fast boot when you get an ssd to have your pc boot faster into windows.
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