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Windows 7: Rig Build

14 Jan 2011   #11
Dave76

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Ult x64 - SP1/ Windows 8 Pro x64
 
 

Here is a good walk through, might point out a few things and make you fill more comfortable when you start.



Some basic but useful information and links.




Let us know if you have any questions that your brother won't help you with


And, your progress.





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14 Jan 2011   #12
TVeblen

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 64 Bit Home Premium SP1
 
 

I have a small battery powered LED light fixture that has a clip that I put on a flexible stand. (Any light will do). Very necessary when working in the dark corners inside the case!

I also have a reading magnifying glass. Necessary for reading the nano-printing on the motherboard case connectors with old, tired eyes!

You should download and prepare a CD or USB stick with Memtest Memtest86+ - Advanced Memory Diagnostic Tool. After you get the rig all put together and fire it up and it works (of course!) you will want to give your RAM a full memory test (5 or more passes) before you install the OS. That will save a lot of head-scratching and labor later if you have received any dodgy RAM sticks.

I also run Prime95 "Stress Test" overnight to really shake out any bugs:
Prime95 (32bit) - 25.11 Download - EXTREME Overclocking
Free Software - GIMPS
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14 Jan 2011   #13
theog

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

ME/XP/Vista/Win7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Bare Foot Kid View Post
Hello Beau.



Yes you will still have to reinstall as the 'old' drivers won't match the 'new' H/W.
Can we trust you Ted?
Yes, we can.
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14 Jan 2011   #14
ignatzatsonic

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit
 
 

In all likelihood you will fumble and drop some screws during the motherboard or drive installation.

Naturally, the screws will fall into some area that you can't easily retrieve them and you will cuss a bit. You gotta retrieve them--otherwise you could short something out if they are just rattling around.

To avoid this: get a smallish screwdriver with a magnetized head. The screws stick to the head of the driver and are much easier to insert into the threaded hole without being fumbled.

You may want to leave the case open for the first day or so because you will be poking around in there constantly, re-routing cables. But you can't properly evaluate temperatures until you shut the lid and run a stress test of some kind. There are a bunch of those out there. Intel has a good one.

Make sure you have a dozen or so cable ties so you can group cables together and tuck them away for orderliness and improved airflow.

Find out how many fan headers you have on the motherboard and how many of them are "PWM" controlled. PWM control is generally a good thing if it is properly implemented by your motherboard manufacturer. The fans slow down when your PC is idling and speed up automatically when you crack the throttle--if you have fans that accept PWM control.
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14 Jan 2011   #15
MadHacker

Windows 7 Professional 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ignatzatsonic View Post
In all likelihood you will fumble and drop some screws during the motherboard or drive installation.

Naturally, the screws will fall into some area that you can't easily retrieve them and you will cuss a bit. You gotta retrieve them--otherwise you could short something out if they are just rattling around.

To avoid this: get a smallish screwdriver with a magnetized head. The screws stick to the head of the driver and are much easier to insert into the threaded hole without being fumbled.
Magnetized screwdrivers are a bad idea when dealing with sensitive electronics.. dip the screwdriver in machine oil instead.. it's harmless and will hold screws in place for most of the difficult-to-reach spots
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14 Jan 2011   #16
WartHog

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by TVeblen View Post
I have a small battery powered LED light fixture that has a clip that I put on a flexible stand. (Any light will do). Very necessary when working in the dark corners inside the case!

I also have a reading magnifying glass. Necessary for reading the nano-printing on the motherboard case connectors with old, tired eyes!

You should download and prepare a CD or USB stick with Memtest Memtest86+ - Advanced Memory Diagnostic Tool. After you get the rig all put together and fire it up and it works (of course!) you will want to give your RAM a full memory test (5 or more passes) before you install the OS. That will save a lot of head-scratching and labor later if you have received any dodgy RAM sticks.

I also run Prime95 "Stress Test" overnight to really shake out any bugs:
Prime95 (32bit) - 25.11 Download - EXTREME Overclocking
Free Software - GIMPS
Got the memtest 86+ already. I'll definitely do that and the stress test.
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14 Jan 2011   #17
WartHog

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ignatzatsonic View Post
In all likelihood you will fumble and drop some screws during the motherboard or drive installation.

Naturally, the screws will fall into some area that you can't easily retrieve them and you will cuss a bit. You gotta retrieve them--otherwise you could short something out if they are just rattling around.

To avoid this: get a smallish screwdriver with a magnetized head. The screws stick to the head of the driver and are much easier to insert into the threaded hole without being fumbled.

You may want to leave the case open for the first day or so because you will be poking around in there constantly, re-routing cables. But you can't properly evaluate temperatures until you shut the lid and run a stress test of some kind. There are a bunch of those out there. Intel has a good one.

Make sure you have a dozen or so cable ties so you can group cables together and tuck them away for orderliness and improved airflow.

Find out how many fan headers you have on the motherboard and how many of them are "PWM" controlled. PWM control is generally a good thing if it is properly implemented by your motherboard manufacturer. The fans slow down when your PC is idling and speed up automatically when you crack the throttle--if you have fans that accept PWM control.
Wow, you all are giving me some GREAT stuff here!!! I'll ck the specs on the mobo and see what I'm getting. I've already dropped the screws for the video card swapping the hard drives a couple more times than I care to admit.
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14 Jan 2011   #18
WartHog

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by MadHacker View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ignatzatsonic View Post
In all likelihood you will fumble and drop some screws during the motherboard or drive installation.

Naturally, the screws will fall into some area that you can't easily retrieve them and you will cuss a bit. You gotta retrieve them--otherwise you could short something out if they are just rattling around.

To avoid this: get a smallish screwdriver with a magnetized head. The screws stick to the head of the driver and are much easier to insert into the threaded hole without being fumbled.
Magnetized screwdrivers are a bad idea when dealing with sensitive electronics.. dip the screwdriver in machine oil instead.. it's harmless and will hold screws in place for most of the difficult-to-reach spots
Thanks MadHacker. Don't wanna take any chances.
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16 Jan 2011   #19
A Guy

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1
 
 

The 1st thing I did after getting windows updates and AV and drivers, necessary programs, etc. installed, was make a complete system image. I used Acronis True Image, but Macrium, or even the built in imaging should work. This gives you a nice, clean image should you ever want to reinstall. Obviously I recommend making system images regularly as it can (and will) save your bacon when/if something goes wrong. The new, clean image is much preferable to a clean install for time savings as well. No matter what, I suggest a 2nd HDD (either internal or external), and complete system images. Great peace of mind and insurance against issues whether self inflicted, or out of your control. A Guy
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16 Jan 2011   #20
WartHog

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

Guy, GOOD advice. Thank you very much!
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