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Newbie question here, from a first-time builder. Please help!

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September 20, 2010 1:55:15 PM

I am currently in the process of buying all my hardware to build a new PC, and I was wondering what is the bare minimum of hardware that I need to make sure my mobo/processor is all working..

Obviously I need a processor, motherboard (heatsink as well), and power supply connected, but do I need RAM and a GPU installed as well in order to test? I just want to make sure the motherboard is running correctly, and that it's recognizing the processor, before I buy anymore components.

Any help would be greatly appreciated, thanks!
September 20, 2010 2:21:18 PM

CPU with stock heat sink
Power supply
RAM
GPU (if your motherboard doesnt have on board GPU)
HDD(?)
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September 20, 2010 2:31:25 PM

You definitely need at least one stick of RAM. Most mobo's have onboard GPU's: easiest way to check is see if there is a VGA/DVI port on your motherboard. If there is, you have an onboard GPU. You don't need a HDD for your mobo to boot. You should see your screen power up with the BIOS text, although it won't boot anything after that.
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September 20, 2010 2:40:49 PM

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