Disconnect the HDD before installing Windows. Dont want to accidentally install it there instead of the SSD.
If you have the latest BIOS or it supports internet flashing, you could update the mobo BIOS, but that can be done regardless of Windows installed.
Start downloading drivers and stuff on another PC now. It can take a while to download them all, some of them (Realtek audio for me) are huge and required a good wait till it was done. Then just put them on a USB drive and all good.
Fractal R3 case
Cooler Master M2 Silent Pro PSU
ASUS Motherboard P8Z77-V LE
i5 3570 3.4G Ivybridge
16GB Ram – Corsair XMS
SSD – Crucial M4 120GB
Samsung DVD/CD ROM RW
WD 1TB Caviar Black
MSI 560TI HAWK Graphics
Did a really neat job, following the hints and tips here, braiding all the cables, and with the Fractal case, almost all the cables are hidden.
Not yet powered up ........ do I just power it up and start loading W7, or do I first need to set up BIOS & Motherboard ?
Be interested any any tips on sequence to follow.
1: i would have gone with a xfx xxx 750w psu
2:i would have gotten the R4
3:i would have gotten the LK motherboard to do SLI in the future.
4: i would have gotten the i5 3570k. it puts z77 to a waste if you are not overclocking
5:i would have gotten a sandisk extreme 120gb or a samsung 830 128gb for not much more. the samsung is much faster and the sandisk is cheaper
6:i would have gotten the blue 64mb drive since it is a lot cheaper and the 2 extra years of warranty isnt worth 30 bucks to me
7:i would have gotten a 660ti or a 7870 instead of the 560ti. better to get new gen graphics since they use a lot less power and perform better