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Windows 7: Proposed new build

02 Oct 2015   #1
mannyrd

Windows 7 pro 64 bit
 
 
Proposed new build

Time to replace my old PC after reading reviews have decided on these components as value for money and a decent performance.
Don't do games just usual family PC use.

Intel Core i5-4460 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor
Asus Z97-K/ ATX LGA1150 Motherboard
Crucial 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory
Samsung 850 EVO-Series 250GB 2.5" Solid State Drive
Corsair 100R Silent ATX Mid Tower Case
Price £347

Trying to keep price below £400 by using these parts I already have
Corsair 500 bronze semi modular ps
Western Digital blue 1gb HD

please any advice welcome


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02 Oct 2015   #2
Mellon Head

Win 7 Pro x64/Win 10 Pro x64 dual boot
 
 

That looks like a nice build for home use. What are you going to use for a graphics card?
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02 Oct 2015   #3
mannyrd

Windows 7 pro 64 bit
 
 

Have a EVGA GeForce GT 720 2GBin from my existing build, would this be suitable.
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03 Oct 2015   #4
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

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03 Oct 2015   #5
mjf

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1
 
 

If games isn't a high priority ("Don't do games just usual family PC use") then your system looks good to me.
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12 Oct 2015   #6
mannyrd

Windows 7 pro 64 bit
 
 

Thanks for reply's sorry for late response been on holiday
this is my first build and would please like a few tips on these items.

which drivers to install and in which sequence obviously chip set first but Asus site is very vague about the other drivers.
which slots to install in dual channel mode is there a preference.
Corsair case has two sata powered fans and a fan controller, is it best to use this or the fan expert software will using both create a problem.
Which Asus software utilities are needed or are they bloatware.

components on order as above any advice much appreciated.
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12 Oct 2015   #7
Boozad

W7 Pro x64 SP1 | W10 Pro IP x64 | W8.1 Pro x64 VM | Linux Mint VM
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by mannyrd View Post
which drivers to install and in which sequence obviously chip set first but Asus site is very vague about the other drivers.
Install Windows and run all rounds of updates until no more are offered. This should see you driver complete as long as you're connected to the internet. Once done check Device Manager, if there are no showing you should be good to go. If you have any issues during this process let us know.

You may have to install the chipset and USB 3.0 drivers from the support page, may as well as it won't hurt either way.

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which slots to install in dual channel mode is there a preference.
From the manual for that board you will need to populate Channel A with both sticks.
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Corsair case has two sata powered fans and a fan controller, is it best to use this or the fan expert software will using both create a problem.
If you want to use Fan Expert you'll need to connect the fans to the motherboard headers.

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Which Asus software utilities are needed or are they bloatware.
AI Suite is OK, I use it myself on both my ASUS boards. Do not install Network iControl though, it's bloody awful.


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12 Oct 2015   #8
ThrashZone

Win-7-Pro64bit 7-H-Prem-64bit
 
 

Hi,
ai suite 2 or 3 and there's another one from Intel
Intel Extreme Tuning Utility Benchmark

Problem I see with these utilities is the real possibility of bios malware getting through the back doors they use to access the bios from the os.

Your mother board may have an auto over clocking feature inside the bios already mine does and is what I prefer to use

If an oc goes bad from the os installed utility it might be tough to correct.
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14 Oct 2015   #9
mannyrd

Windows 7 pro 64 bit
 
 

Thanks everyone for the info
Not a gamer don't intend to overclock so will just use the basic drivers

chipset, audio, VGA, LAN, and SATA drivers: Z97-A | Motherboards | ASUS Global...

waiting on amazon to deliver case came today but no components, due Saturday.
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14 Oct 2015   #10
ThrashZone

Win-7-Pro64bit 7-H-Prem-64bit
 
 

Good policy even if you do want to switch to a different performance mode use the bios to do it,
There should be a few to choose from
Power saver/ Normal and Performance these are the quickies and only take 1 click and save and exit
So as you see you don't need a utility for that
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