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Windows 7: Just looking before I leap...new PC final thoughts.

10 Apr 2011   #91
ignatzatsonic

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The fan ramps up as necessary according to load so long as you connect it to the appropriate header labeled "CPU fan". The other fan connectors are for case fans. It's not two speeds--it is continuously variable.

If you are antsy about cooling performance, you might consider installing a full height (25mm) heatsink fan initially, rather than the included one, which is only 12mm in height and thus blows less air due to thinner fan blades. Some people use a Big Shuriken with a Scythe Slipstream full height 800 rpm, connected to a Molex rather than the CPU fan header. This causes the fan to rotate at 800 constantly, but that moves more air than the 12mm included fan at it's highest speed.

I'm just suggesting it because I imagine it's easier to change fans initially, rather than after you mount the sink.

They used a 12mm fan because it lowers overall height and is thus more suitable for very narrow cases as might be found in an HTPC.

I am running the stock fan because I am using on-processor graphics, rather than a separate card, and I won't overclock. You may have greater cooling requirements due to separate graphics card.


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10 Apr 2011   #92
ignatzatsonic

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by GARoss View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ignatzatsonic View Post
Yeah, white slots. The only question is the degree of overhang and the height of your particular heat spreaders.

Do you have that CPU mount mechanism figured out? The processor is keyed and will fit in only 1 way. Then you latch it down.
I don't think I have a problem there. What might be a problem, as a 1st timer, is knowing how much down pressure to apply before flipping the latch to fasten. My impression is it's best to aline 1st, then allow the latch to seat the CPU.
You put the processor in first. It should just fall in. The proper way is marked with a little triangle on the CPU as I recall. Triangle goes to lower left.

The CPU is seated BEFORE the latch comes down. All the latch does is prevent it from moving miniscule amounts. The latch doesn't really force anything into place. It better ALREADY be in place---or you will be trying to force a square peg into a round whole and bend some pins--a major sin.

It takes quite a bit of pressure nonetheless.
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10 Apr 2011   #93
GARoss

Windows 7 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ignatzatsonic View Post
The fan ramps up as necessary according to load so long as you connect it to the appropriate header labeled "CPU fan". The other fan connectors are for case fans. It's not two speeds--it is continuously variable.

If you are antsy about cooling performance, you might consider installing a full height (25mm) heatsink fan initially, rather than the included one, which is only 12mm in height and thus blows less air due to thinner fan blades. Some people use a Big Shuriken with a Scythe Slipstream full height 800 rpm, connected to a Molex rather than the CPU fan header. This causes the fan to rotate at 800 constantly, but that moves more air than the 12mm included fan at it's highest speed.

I'm just suggesting it because I imagine it's easier to change fans initially, rather than after you mount the sink.

They used a 12mm fan because it lowers overall height and is thus more suitable for very narrow cases as might be found in an HTPC.

I am running the stock fan because I am using on-processor graphics, rather than a separate card, and I won't overclock. You may have greater cooling requirements due to separate graphics card.
Overall I'm not concerned about cooling. I think this will be determined by actual CPU measured temps after everything is installed. If Big Shuriken/standard case fan combo isn't cooling enough while rendering a project, then we'll replace the case with the 25mm Scythe Slipstream. But, I really don't render as much video as I once did. Just will be nice to have all this rendering power when you need it.
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11 Apr 2011   #94
GARoss

Windows 7 64-bit
 
 

Looks like everything except the SSD will arrive today via UPS. The SSD is said to arrive no later than 4/14 via USPS. My dealings with USPS is they tend to be conservative in their arrival time estimates. All this is OK as I plan on taking my time & lots of photos anyway & only working on it a few hours per day.
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11 Apr 2011   #95
IownAmoneyPit

Windows 7 Pro x 2/Windows 10 Home/10 Pro//Windows 10 Insider Preview ?
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ignatzatsonic View Post
In your mind, divide it into 2 processes: before and after you apply power to the PC.

Before you apply power, not much can go wrong if you pay attention to the fair Gigabyte manual and the fair Intel CPU instructions.

The PSU is probably the first thing to go into the case.

The processor requires no force to put it into the socket, so be sure you have pin 1 lined up (lower left). Add RAM. Apply thermal paste. Mount heatsink. Screw standoffs into case. Set motherboard/CPU/RAM/heatsink combo down on standoffs. Use supplied screws to secure motherboard to standoffs.

Sort out and attach the applicable modular PSU cables. Mount all fans to their headers, paying attention to pin 1 per the motherboard manual.

The front panel connectors are very small, so you have to pay attention or LEDs and switches won't work.

It may be preferable to install hard drives and DVD drive before the motherboard---immediately after the PSU. It depends on clearance issues.

The moment of truth is when you apply power. You want to see fans spin and hear some hard drive action.

I'd go the first few hours or so without sound cards or video cards. Get the thing running and install Windows with on-board video and on-board sound. Add video cards and sound cards later. The fewer things in the slots, the fewer things you have to troubleshoot if it doesn't boot as expected.

If it powers up OK, go into the BIOS and make sure drives are acknowledged. Familiarize yourself with the BIOS generally. Look at fan controls in BIOS, RAM settings, etc. Default settings are certainly good enough until you get Windows installed.
The reason I quoted this post (post #79) is because a P67 motherboard does not have on-board video capability so your video card will also have to be installed in order to install windows and have display capability.

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Gigabyte GA-P67A-UD3-B3 Back panel Connectors.

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As I just built a new system using a P67 board this caught my eye.


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11 Apr 2011   #96
ignatzatsonic

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Right you are, Money pit. I keep getting his motherboard confused with my own H67A. GARoss needs a video card early on.
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11 Apr 2011   #97
GARoss

Windows 7 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by IownAmoneyPit View Post
As I just built a new system using a P67 board this caught my eye.
Thanks & noted. I received the MB on Saturday & didn't see any video connections for a monitor & I definitely need video! I have an ATI-GIGABYTE GV-R567OC-1GI graphic card.
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11 Apr 2011   #98
GARoss

Windows 7 64-bit
 
 

Here's a question I need to ask.

When Win 7 boots it immediately searches the internet & or PC for drivers for new hardware & there's plenty of that for a new PC. Other than unplugging the LAN line to kill the internet connection, is there a way to stop this & have complete control of what is installed & when? Or is this an over-kill; just let it do its thing? Just wondering.
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11 Apr 2011   #99
ignatzatsonic

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

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I'd keep the LAN unplugged until I had installed the Intel Chipset INF and all of those drivers you downloaded from Intel and Gigabyte--just to avoid confusion. You aren't going to have a net connection anyway until you install your LAN driver--Realtek as I recall.

I'd install that Realtek LAN as the last driver and then go to Windows Update. It shouldn't find any newer drivers than what you have, but it will find plenty of Windows updates. Ponder Service Pack 1. You might wait on it rather than get bogged down in it in case the SP 1 install is cranky for some reason.
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12 Apr 2011   #100
GARoss

Windows 7 64-bit
 
 

Well, UPS delivered late yesterday so all I was able to accomplish was to mount the PSU & study where to put the standoffs for MB mounting. Although I left the MB in its' anti-static bag, I can see where there isn't threaded holes for every mount. I've attached 2 photos to illustrate this. Yellow circles indicate good mount points & red circle & "?" indicates where there isn't a thread hole to mount a stand-off.

I think its been said that all mounts are not needed but it would seem this one would be because it's so close to a major power connection. I do have the tools to do this, taking great care not to leave any metal chips that could cause problems.

So, fix it or leave it as is?


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