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13 Aug 2010   #1

windows 7 home premium 64bit
 
 
Need advice with the building of my computer.

Hi you all,
This is my first thread. I have been going to computer classes and I am fascinated with everything that has something to do with computer. I spend lots of hours reading the threads in this forum which by the way is a wonderfull forum.
Right now I am building a new computer and by new I mean everything is new.
The motherboard is an Intel DH55TC The processor is an Intel Core i3-540
LGA 1156 The power supply is an Ultra X4 750 Watt The Memory is an OCZ 4GB (2x2GB) DDR3 PC3-10666 The hard disk is an Western Digital 750GB Sata/32MB Cache The OS is Windows 7 Professional 64-bit OEM. Of course the case is a new mid tower case. Up until now I managed to assemble everything which brought me to the process of installation wich is the toughest part. My concern now, is there something I should know and do before reaching the milestone? Any advice would be highly appreciated. I hope to get any response. Like I mentioned earlier this is a wonderfull forum with thoughtful people that has much knowlegde about computer.
Thanks any way.


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13 Aug 2010   #2

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Once you boot up for the 1st, I would recommend going strait to the bios.

When there, choose the "reset to optimized deafults" option.
Reboot and go right back back to your bios.

Go to the section that lists your Hard Drives and CD drives, make sure they are all listed and posting as they should.

Set boot priority as CD ROM 1st, HD second.

I would also advise,
Go through your bios and disable items you do not have or need.
For example:
A floppy drive. If not using one, no point it being enabled.

If (only if) you installed a dedicated graphics card and/or sound card:
Disable onboard graphics (if the board has it)
Disbale onboard sound.




Next check out the "System health" section. Just watch it a sec, make sure temps are looking fine etc.
Just in case the HS isn't mounted well or something along that line.

After that, put the Windows 7 disc in, and restart.
just follow the prompts & youll be up and running in no time.
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13 Aug 2010   #3

Win7 x64 Ultimate SP1
 
 

Hint: don't activate the OS right away. Make sure everything is running fine first, you have 30 days to activate.
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14 Aug 2010   #4

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit
 
 

pare,

Welcome to SevenForums.

Having built a few systems over the years, then my main suggestion is to read and reread the documentation from your motherboard manufacturer and visit his website.

Probably the bios on the motherboard is already out-of-date.

In the haste to get a product out the door, then quite often the bios is not as tested as should be.

Test the motherboard -without installing Win 7-using the instructions from the manufacturer's manual and/ or website with the website normally being the more current and accurate.

Don't mess around with the bios settings. Just use the default settings as recommended by the manufacturer. Later you can mess around with them if you desire. With a modern motherboard, the defaults are excellent.

Be sure that you applied a heat-conducting paste to the CPU. Be sure that all fans are running. Heat is probably the greatest enemy your computer will ever have. DO NOT OVERCLOCK!! You leave such to others. There is a very sound reason why the manufacturer did not overclock your computer. I'm a retired electrical engineer who worked for a couple of computer manufacturers.

Enjoy your new computer.
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14 Aug 2010   #5

Windows 7 Pro X64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by karlsnooks View Post
DO NOT OVERCLOCK!! You leave such to others. There is a very sound reason why the manufacturer did not overclock your computer. I'm a retired electrical engineer who worked for a couple of computer manufacturers.
An alternate view: overclocking is part of the hobby. If you don't want to play, buy a system from HP or Dell. It may cost less, and having all the bits play together won't be your problem.

Overclocking will require better CPU cooling than that provided by Intel. You may need a place to operate the PC with a room temperature below 30C. Removing dust fron the CPU heatsink may be necessary. The reliability of the system may be reduced, even if you do all the right things.
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14 Aug 2010   #6

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Overclocking can be a fun part of the hobby for an enthusiast. When just starting out, don't bother. Just get the machine running first. Increasing performance by 5 or 10% down the road is something that will be much easier when you know your hardware and understand troubleshooting it a bit better. I've run many a machine without overclocking and there is still plenty to do and plenty of performance.
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14 Aug 2010   #7

windows 7 ultimate 64bit
 
 

personally i dont like "intel" well over rated over priced compared to the AMD processors intel generate alot more heat and also then tend to grab alot of memory to help them run where as AMD have better memory control also it inportant to make sure it 64 bit compatible incase you want run more than 4GB of memory on your board also it very inportant to have as many fans running for good Air flow the more heat the system has the more temperamental it will be................ my personal tips BTW not that i am anybody
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14 Aug 2010   #8

Windows 7 Pro X64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by dragonsheart View Post
personally i dont like "intel" well over rated over priced compared to the AMD processors intel generate alot more heat and also then tend to grab alot of memory to help them run where as AMD have better memory control also it inportant to make sure it 64 bit compatible incase you want run more than 4GB of memory on your board also it very inportant to have as many fans running for good Air flow the more heat the system has the more temperamental it will be................ my personal tips BTW not that i am anybody
Power?

Phenom II 965, 125W TDP.

Intel Core I7 975X (also a 45nm CPU, just to be fair), 130W TDP.

There may be reasons to prefer AMD over Intel, but power use isn't near the top of the list. (This is at the high end.)
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14 Aug 2010   #9

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by dragonsheart View Post
personally i dont like "intel" well over rated over priced compared to the AMD processors intel generate alot more heat and also then tend to grab alot of memory to help them run where as AMD have better memory control also it inportant to make sure it 64 bit compatible incase you want run more than 4GB of memory on your board also it very inportant to have as many fans running for good Air flow the more heat the system has the more temperamental it will be................ my personal tips BTW not that i am anybody
I'm sorry, but a quad Intel Core i5-750 outperforms an AMD 1090T 6 core. The Core i7-750 is $195 at NewEgg, while the 1090T is $295. And the Core i7-750 is a 95w CPU, while the 1090T is $125. So, in all 3 cases...the Intel performs as good or better, costs 1/3 as much and consumes less power.

So, I have to 100% disagree with your statement. To me, it sounds like a fanboy opinion.
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14 Aug 2010   #10

Black Label 7 x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by pparks1 View Post

I'm sorry, but a quad Intel Core i7-750 outperforms an AMD 1090T 6 core. The Core i7-750 is $195 at NewEgg, while the 1090T is $295. And the Core i7-750 is a 95w CPU, while the 1090T is $125. So, in all 3 cases...the Intel performs as good or better, costs 1/3 as much and consumes less power.

So, I have to 100% disagree with your statement. To me, it sounds like a fanboy opinion.

1.) There is no i7 750
2.) If you're into heavy Photoshop, video, 3D - 1090T is better than an i5 750. You can 100% disagree all you want, but that doesn't change the fact. This is the most comprehensive benchmark of the 1090 and 1055 I've seen. It's 16 pages long and should answer every question there is about them.

The i5 750 is a great chip, but geez - keep it in perspective.
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