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September 21, 2010 2:09:02 PM

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=N82E168...

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
a c 716 V Motherboard
September 21, 2010 2:26:38 PM

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.
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September 21, 2010 3:50:13 PM

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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a c 716 V Motherboard
September 21, 2010 4:17:47 PM

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=3...
If you set BIOS as XMP and DDR is not supported {per the list} BSOD/Post Failure/Instability will result.
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September 27, 2010 11:57:02 PM

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