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Windows 7: Help with new Build

21 Jul 2014   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium
Help with new Build


ASUS GTX 770 2GB Directcu II OC
Asus Maximus vii hero z97 ATX
EVGA SuperNova 850w Gold
Corsair Hydro H80i
Kingston HyperX 3K 240GB SSD (primary)
500GB HDD (secondary)

As for ram i still don't know what to go with,i've heard that it should not be more than 1.5V,is that true ?
and how much Mhz should it have ? (1600Mhz,more or less..whats better?)...

also i have no idea on how to set the cables i've looked around on youtube but they just dont show how to put the cables,i literally have no clue when it comes to the cables so if someone knows where i can find any video that shows in detail how to put every single cable in...

When im done installing all the hardware isnt there some steps that i should do to set the BIOS ? for the system and the SSD?

Will windows be installed on the SDD same way as the HDD ?

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21 Jul 2014   #2

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64

Go with these

G.SKILL Trident X Series 16GB (4 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 2400 (PC3 19200) Desktop Memory Model F3-2400C10Q-16GTX -

The sata data cable from the ssd should go to port 0/1 (whichever your board starts with) 6 Gbps
It should be written right on the board.

Boot order: In the BIOS

1) DVD drive
2) SSD

Have all other hard drives unplugged when you install windows on the ssd.

SSD Alignment

Clean Install Windows 7
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21 Jul 2014   #3

Windows 7 Enterprise X64/Windows 10 Enterprise X64/Windows 10 Pro X64/Linux Mint

vxer, perhaps I can be of a little more assistance. It's just I have a Maximus V Extreme Which operates a little different than your board. However, for your purposes, it should work the same. As AddRam said, the sata cables work the same. Connect the sata data cable from port 0 to the SSD. For installation of Windows 7, you will want just the SSD connected. You will want a sata Power cable, from your PSU connected to the SSD also. One cable is for power and the smaller cable that connects to the Motherboard port 0 is for data transfer from the motherboard to the SSD. When you first boot up, it will send you to BIOS to configure everything. When you first get into bios the first thing you want to do, is set optimized defaults (usually F5) that will set everything to what Asus believes will make it run well. You will want to go to advanced settings, which is just the whole bios. There will be tabs on the top for different settings. You will need to go to the Main tab and set the date and time, then go to the Advanced tab and look under storage configuration and make sure you sata mode is in AHCI mode, which is usually the default setting for Asus boards. If it is in AHCI mode, you don't have to set anything. Next go to advanced Tweaker, The picture I am going to show you, is my bios. This is just the first part. If yours is like this, set it the same and you will be fine there. except the Turbo ratio, leave it to auto. Yours, should be set the OC Tuner to XMP and everything else to auto. load gamers profile is disabled in mine and should be in yours too.

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When you set the XMP profile, it should set the ram just as it should be set, but make sure that farther down, the Dram Voltage is set to 1.65V. I know what they say about 1.5V, but 1.65 will not hurt anything. and your ram has to have 1.65V to run right.

Next go to the boot tab, set the DVD/CD player as 1st boot device and the SSD as the second boot device. Put your installation DVD in the DVD drive at that time. Save and exit. The computer should boot into the DVD installation media. Just select your language, accept the terms, select custom install and then click on the only drive showing which will be your SSD as it should be the only hard drive connected at that time. The click install. If it tells you that there is no partition. Click near the bottom of the drive, advanced, and create a partition of the whole drive, then after that highlight it again and click install, the installation should begin. If you need any more help, feel free to ask. After Windows 7 is installed and booting properly, shut down the computer and install the other hard drives. You may have to go to disk management and initialize them. Select new simple partition select MBR partition and follow the prompts. It's pretty simple.

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21 Jul 2014   #4

Windows 7 Enterprise X64/Windows 10 Enterprise X64/Windows 10 Pro X64/Linux Mint

As far as cabling goes, all the cables should be labeled. Where the 24 pin goes is obvious, make sure the 8 pin cable that plugs in above the CPU on the top of the board is labeled CPU. I can't tell you how to run them as I don't know what case you have. But, I believe you have a modular power supply, which means it will be easier in that you only use the cables you need. You will need a 24 pin cable(the largest cable there) and 8 pin CPU cable (the second largest) 2 pcie cables, a sata power cable and probably at least 1 molex cable. With most of those cables, there will be a clip on them. Feel the connection they plug into. They will have a small ridge on one side of it. That is where the clip on the cable goes and clips on to that ridge. That insures you get the correct orientation and it is not done wrong. Cases are pretty personal items and what the style and size is, is up to you. I have my own list of things I look for. But, that's just me. I want a full tower case. They are a pain to find a place to put them, but if you are the one who is working inside of it, you will think the space issue is trivial. I have to have space behind the motherboard to run cables. And it has to fit my components and have excellent air flow. My personal criteria is if it meets all those needs, but does not have space behind the motherboard, I will not buy it. Looks is important to me too, but is secondary to function. Function is #1 to me and looks is #2. Almost everyone has their own criteria, but that is mine. I can usually find a case that fulfills both of those. Depending on what you are going to have in your case and whether you are going to have room in the back to run cables, depends on what else you will need, but probably you will need a 8 pin CPU extension cable and a couple of Molex splitter cables and maybe a molex to sata extension cable. The 8 pin CPU extension should come with your case as well as zip ties. You will want plenty of those. By all means, in your motherboard bod is the back panel shield. That goes in first. If you don't put it in first, it will never go in unless you pull the motherboard out of the case.
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21 Jul 2014   #5

Windows 7 Home Premium x64

Hey there,

Check out this guys YouTube channel:

NeweggTV - - -

More specifically this video is a tutorial on the actual building (from the same guy):

It may vary for different components and cases of course, but the basics are generally the same and universal I have found.

They helped me to build my Desktop and have really good tutorials on what goes where.

Hope that helps

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21 Jul 2014   #6

Windows 7 Enterprise X64/Windows 10 Enterprise X64/Windows 10 Pro X64/Linux Mint

Nice job, Phill. This will help him a lot.

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21 Jul 2014   #7

Windows 7 Home Premium x64

My pleasure,

the Newegg team do an excellent job with tutorials they helped me and a few of my friends begin building PCs with confidence.

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21 Jul 2014   #8

Windows 7 Enterprise X64/Windows 10 Enterprise X64/Windows 10 Pro X64/Linux Mint

Yes, they do a good job and I have used their videos several times in posts
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30 Jul 2014   #9

Windows 7 Home Premium

This is really helpful,thanks a lot guys ! and sorry for replying so late was outta town...i still have to get the SSD/CASE/RAM(Maybe tmw) and start with the build.

Oh and i got the 4790 non K,does that change anything here ?

@ADDRAM still can't rep u
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30 Jul 2014   #10

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit

Yeah, 1.5 volt RAM.

There's not much to be gained by going above 1600 or maybe 1866 speed RAM. Higher is faster, but you pay dearly for very small and likely unnoticeable increases. 1600 is kind of the de facto choice, but occasionally you can find 1866 at virtually the same price.

If you got a non-K processor, no sense in getting an overclocking motherboard. I think the Z97 is an overclocking board if that's what you got?
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