This will be my first time in building a PC. I assume it is ok to boot it up without and OS installed? I know that I have to look at CMOS/BIOS. But exactly what I will do there I will find out when I get there. Anyone who can provide a link to CMOS/BIOS for first time building would sure be great. Also, since Intel's new motherboard has built in raid, does anyone know if I can set this all up without having need of and OS first? I will more than likely use raid 1. I figure if CMOS/BIOS detects everything, XP will be just as successful. Btw, does anyone have a link to PC building from start to finish? I have already upgraded hardware and OSes numerous times, set up a newer power supply (but not and entire motherboard!), and read a book. A full out online guide to PC building would give me more knowledge to avoid doing something commonly stupid. Any link would be greatly appreciated. Finally, when I place my peliminary components (such as RAM and CPU with fan) onto the motherboard, is it ok to do this outside the case setting the motherboard on the nonstatic cover it was shipped in? My construction area will be a good sized wooden table. Thanks for the info!