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Question on setting up BIOS for my first build

Hey guys. I'm gonna makin my own build pretty soon here and I'm gonna be using the Gigabyte GA-P55A-UD3 Mobo - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128412&Tpk=gigabyte%20ga-p55a-ud3

I don't know what I exactly have to set up in the BIOS

People tell me I can just go ahead and move on as the mobos these days do everything by themselves basically

What do you guys think?

Thanks for your time
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  1. It depends upon what you're adding to your rig, if your GA recognizes your DDR, all in one CPU water-cooled fan ~ H50/H70, what version of Windows, etc.

    AHCI is the most popular vs IDE, but if you're running a RAID doesn't pertain.

    Need to know all components, RAID, use of rig, etc.
  2. It's gonna have 4 GB of DDR3 RAM running at a natively supported speed

    No additional cooling, just stock HSF

    Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit

    SATA II HDD, No RAID

    Gonna be used for gaming mostly
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    reaper2794 said:

    1. 4 GB of DDR3 RAM running at a natively supported speed
    2. No additional cooling, just stock HSF
    3. Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit
    4. SATA II HDD, No RAID
    5. Gonna be used for gaming mostly


    GA = Load Optimized Settings + the following tweaks:

    1. **Native is 1066 MHz {MOBO Certified for XMP - Need EXACT Part-Number to verify}
    2. {no changes}
    3. HPET Mode {64-bit}
    4. HDD Settings: {see Note1}
    SATA Port0-3 Native Mode {Enabled}
    Change ALL SATA/eSATA/GSATA to {AHCI}
    5. Tweak
    **"should" set the DDR per spec
    Init Display First {PCIE x16-1}

    Next, after everything is installed, running and stable you can mildly {using stock fan} OC the CPU ~ +10% to +20%.

    Note1: GIGABYTE SATA2 Preinstall driver (For AHCI / RAID Mode) / Press F6 during Windows setup to read from floppy. Also, you can leave SATA/eSATA/GSATA = {IDE} and later change to {AHCI}.

    XMP Supported DDR list - http://www.gigabyte.us/products/product-page.aspx?pid=3439#memory%20support%20list
    If you set BIOS as XMP and DDR is not supported {per the list} BSOD/Post Failure/Instability will result.
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