Ok so I am going to be putting together my first build pretty soon and I have some questions. First of all, I will be running windows 7 Ultimate 64bit. Here is the system specs:
AsRock Z77 Extreme4
Intel Core i5 3570k
Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO
MSI Twin Frozr III Radeon HD 7950
G. Skill Ripjaws X Series (2 x 4GB)
Kingston HyperX 120GB SSD
Seagate Barracuda 1TB HDD
Seasonic M12II 620 Bronze 620 Watt PS
ASUS SATA DVD Burner
USB Wired Keyboard
USB Wireless Mouse
1. So I hear the 212 EVO blocks the first RAM slot which is fine because I'm not inerested in having more than 8GB of RAM, but is there anything special I'm going to have to do to boot the computer using the DIMM2 and DIMM4 slots?
2. Is a USB wired keyboard and USB wireless mouse going to work right from the first boot without any drivers?
3. I want to install windows 7 on the SSD. Is the computer going to ask me which drive I want to put windows on? Is there a main SATA port on the MOBO that I should look for to plug my SSD into so that windows is put on the correct drive? Or should I just plug in the HDD after I complete the installation of Windows 7?
4. There are two pci-e 16x ports on my MOBO. Does it matter which one I use to plug in my Radeon 7950?
5. How do I boot the windows 7 disc when I first start up my computer for the first time?
6. I'm sure there are questions I'm forgetting, but as you see I'm pretty confused by all of this so if you could think of any advice to give me or some other things that I should know while I'm building or for when I boot the computer for the first time that would be great.
1: not sure 100% but it shouldnt matter if they are matched slots
2; as long as the keyboard works its all good which it should anyways
3:it does give you the option to select which hard drive to install on, you can tell whicih is which by the capacity it shows
4: i always put graphics card into to top 16x slot closest to the cpu , the manual should say
5: go into the bios and set 1sd boot device to cd/dvd drive not hard drive
as for fresh installs i install os > then install mobo drivers ( but if have another system allready i go to the mobo website to get all the latest drivers 1st > anti virus software > then let it do all the windows updates
Ok thank you! So the only drivers I'm going to need are for the GPU and MOBO, correct? Also, aren't I supposed to wait until windows is done installing and all my drivers are up to date and I'm on my desktop before I shut my computer off and plug in my graphics card, right? What do I do after that? Do I plug my HDMI into the card and turn the computer on? Or should I install the driver for the graphics card before I install the card itself?
I imagine this goes without saying, but I'll say it anyway just in case. If that ssd is a really faster one (sata 6gbps/600MBps), make sure and plug it into one of those sata ports. For hdd and optical, you can easily plug those into slower sata ports(3gbps/300MBps). They won't come anywhere near using the available speed on those, but the ssd will come close to maxing one of the faster ports(if it's one of those more recent and faster models).