April 9th, 2012, 11:25 PM #1
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how to install a cpu and a motherboard?
I'm planning on building my first pc and I know how to do everything except when it comes to the cpu and the motherboard. I know how to put it on and take it off, etc. but the only thing that I'm not quite sure of is what happens after you put everything together?
My friend told me that you have to do something with the bios, is that true? And what do you have to change on the bios if you do? Thanks.
April 10th, 2012, 03:09 AM #2
Welcome to Techimo...!
First, why don't you list the parts you plan to use and tell us if you are into graphic arts, general internet, or gaming?
With that info, we can help you get the most "bang for the buck". Heck, these guys will even link you to what is on sale, or maximize your budget money.
But to answer your question, usually all you do is put the processor on the board (with proper heat sink paste), add the peripherals and fire it up into the CD/DVD drive where you load your operating system.
You don't have usually mess with the bios on a modern mother board other than maybe setting the date, and you can do that through the Windows operating system avoiding the BIOS completely.Obama: The rich have the Federal Reserve and the poor have Harry Reid... LOL. Life really is unfair!
April 10th, 2012, 09:43 AM #3
Yep, most should be good to go.
The few things that could come up:
First the CMOS reset jumper, should be checked, a very few boards are shipped with it in the reset position.
If the CD or DVD doesn't boot first, you would have to enter the BIOS, and set it so it dose.
If The CPU speed isn't set correct automatically.
If the memory speed isn't set, to the correct speed automatically.
Then you would have to check the BIOS.
Probably not going to be a problem anymore, but some boards, had a setting for USB keyboards, to work in the BIOS.
Seems to me a few had the default as PS2, so you where out of luck, if you only had a USB keyboard, until Windows loaded.
But Like Chuckienchan said all you should have to do is "fire it up"
You should familiarize your self with the BIOS, it isn't as scary as it sounds.
You can always "Exit Without Saving" if you are not sure of a change you made.
The CMOS jumper will always bring you back to where you started.
I'm sure there are a few settings, that can be changed, for smoother operation.
I like to have my keyboard, start the computer, and set it not to restart, after a power failure.
Quick boot is a setting that most use.
If you are not planning on booting from a CD, for a while, you can take it out of the boot order, after the installation, to save a second or 2 on the boot.
If you are not using LPT1, or COM 1 and 2, you can turn them off, though It probably, doesn't do anything, to speed the computer.
Most BIOS, have a place to check voltage, and temps.
This is also what Windows programs, use to read voltage, and temps.Hard Sayin Not Knowin
April 10th, 2012, 10:28 AM #4
To answer your first question - how to install the CPU;
Check the CMOS jumper. Check your manual or look by the battery for a jumper and make sure it's on correctly. It usually is, but once in a while some smart ass in a factory puts it on wrong...
Make sure the thing that locks the CPU to the motherboard is in the "open" position. Look at the CPU to see that the pins line up with the socket - it will only go one way. Be careful, the pins bend really easily.
Set it into the socket firmly making sure it is fully seated, then "lock" it in by closing the CPU "Clamp".
Install your memory. Read the manual. Dual channel memory requires a special sequence in the memory sockets.
Get some thermal paste - Arctic Silver is my choice - and put some on the top of the CPU, then attach the heat sink to the top of the CPU.
Install the board. Then hook everything up. Report back!Obama: The rich have the Federal Reserve and the poor have Harry Reid... LOL. Life really is unfair!
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