I have a custom built desktop PC and I have been trying to find drivers online to see wether I have the up-to-date drivers. So far it has been a nightmare! I have a few questions that I can't seem to figure out the answer to. Any assistance would be greatly appreciated!
Here are my PC specs (let me know if I miss something)
Mainboard : MSI P67A-C43 (MS-7673)
Chipset : Intel Sandy Bridge
Processor : Intel Core i5 2500K @ 3300MHz
Physical Memory : 4096MB (2 x 2048 DDR3-SDRAM )
Video Card : AMD Radeon HD 6700 Series
Hard Disk : Seagate ST31000524AS ATA Device (1000GB)
DVD-Rom Drive : ASUS DRW-24B1ST a
Network Card : Realtek Semiconductor RTL8168/8111 PCIe Gigabit Ethernet Adapter
Operating System : Windows 7 Home Premium Home Edition Media Center 6.01.7601 Service Pack 1 (64-bit)
1. What hardware do I check for?
I believe this is what I check online for for the drivers
- Graphics Card
- Hard drive
- Sound Card
- Hard drive
I'm sure I am missing a few
2. I have an extremely hard time trying to find the drivers.
For instance, my processer is an Intel Core i5 2500k (3.30Ghz)
I went to the Intel website (I tried the update utility, but I'm not sure if that works for the processor or not) and I got to here
(I select Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit version in the "Select an Operating System" window). I believe that is the location I look for an updated driver for my processor at. However, in the description all of the drivers say "Installs graphics driver version 188.8.131.52.2559 (184.108.40.2069) for Intel® integrated graphics." I wanted to instal a processor driver not a graphics driver. I have these kinds of troubles where I get confused and don't know what to do all the time when trying to update my drivers.
3. Should I ever use a driver updating software?
I would love to use one, but I heard that they aren't a good idea.
4. Intel(R) 6 Series/C200 Series Chipset Family 2 port Serial ATA Storage Controller - 1C08
I can't seem to find that anywhere. I wanted to check and see if it was up to date.
5. Is device manager/windows update a sufficient way to update?
I know that you can update through device manager or windows update, but it seems like sometimes they are late to catch up on a new driver.