1st computer build. Now what? Help please

Sorry for the noobish question!
I have some experience with inside of a computer, I have changed out RAM and Video Cards Etc.. But I finally decided to do a custom build.. I have done tons of research but just need some guidance. I ordered everything now I'm waiting on them to get here so I can put it together. So here is my question, Where do I go now after I built it? I'm lost. What do you install first after you put the components together? The drivers, Bios, then OS7? Thanks in advance. If it helps, here is my build.

* 1 x AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor HDZ955FBGMBOX
* 1 x SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
* 1 x Kingston DataTraveler G3 2GB USB 2.0 Flash Drive (White & Orange) Model DTIG3/2GBZ
* 1 x COOLER MASTER HAF 912 RC-912-KKN1 Black SECC/ ABS Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
* 1 x ASRock 880GXH/USB3 AM3 AMD 880G USB 3.0 HDMI ATX AMD Motherboard
* 1 x G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-4GBRL
* 1 x ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM
* 1 x Antec NEO ECO 620C 620W Continuous Power ATX12V v2.3 / EPS12V 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply
Hyper 212 aftermarket cooler.

(I'm waiting a couple of months to put the GPU until I get sufficient funds)
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  1. Hello weegsta
    BIOS is built into the motherboard. But check to see if any more recent updates are available than what is installed on the board.

    Win7 is actually going to have a lot of the drivers that you'd want to load.

    You're in good shape with your hardware being mainstream so I'd just go ahead and install Win7.

    Go online to the MB MFGR website and grab the download edition of the manual.
    Read that over and get familiar with it and you'll be in good shape when the hardware arrives.

    You can do the same with the other hardware. See if there are online manuals or install guides. Save a copy to keep with your new system.
  2. Just from my experience, once your system is put together, install the OS. Windows 7 will install most, if not all, of the drivers you need. Windows Update will work to get most of the latest drivers for your system. Anything beyond that should be on an as needed basis.

    In my opinion, BIOS updates also fall into the as needed basis. If the default BIOS provides all that you need, there is no reason to update it.

    -Wolf sends
  3. After the OS is installed and you've run some stability testing you can grab a security package.
    Microsoft Security Essentials is free and it's actually quite good.

    And you'll want an email client since Win7 doesn't have one by default. Windows Live Mail 2011 is what most use - it's free too.
    It's part of the Windows Live Essential 2011 package along with some other programs you might want. You can install just the ones you want.
  4. Thanks guys! One more question! What is a good video card under the $200 range?
    And with this set up with say a $200 dollar video card could I run say BBC2 or something like black ops at full spec?
  5. For stability testing check out the Step-by-Step Guide to Building a PC and check down about step #9.
  6. What resolution monitor are you using?
  7. WR2 said:
    What resolution monitor are you using?

    Appreciate the help dude. Not sure but it will be on a 22" monitor
  8. GTX 460 will rock a standard 1680x1050 22" LCD.
  9. The build looks good. When the time comes to get a gpu I highly recommend the Radeon 6870. Now on to your question, first you go to the bios and boot from Windows seven DVD and set it up that way. Windows should update the drivers but if not, than manually go do it. There should be no need to update the bios.
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