Alright, this is my first built and I'm wondering what I should do next after I've put everything together and turned it on. After I install windows, what do I do? Which drivers do I need? Do the video card drivers have the chipset drivers for the motherboard? What exactly do I install? Here are the specs:
Once Windows is installed, you will mostly likely need to install the video, network, and sound drivers. Windows generally installs all the mobo drivers save the three mentioned. After that, go into The Device Manager and look for devices with a yellow question mark by it. After all the drivers are installed, start installing the programs you need or want.
Goto each manufacturers website that made hardware for your system and check for updated drivers.
CHECK FOR SYSTEM STABILITY.
Run Prime95 to burn-in the CPU and make sure the heatsink is working correctly.
Go straight to Windows Update and download all the wonderful updates to your OS.
Then download some system tools such as CCleaner, AVG antivirus, ZoneAlarm , ASquared, SpellCheck, SpeedFan, memtest86, Everest, CPU-Z, Lavasoft AdAware, Spybot S&D........................then start tweaking the system by clicking the link in my signature and reading thru all those knowledgable links i have supplied for you.
Can't underscore mad-dog's excellent advice enough: check system stability. FWIW, I run memtest86 BEFORE installing the OS; it is a self-booting utlility. I have seen installs in systems with 2 DIMMs, one good, one bad. The software installs and runs, sort-of. All kinds of stability problems.
So, memtest86, then install OS, run Prime95 torture tests, etc., etc. An unstable system is just a POS.