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New computer, whats next step?

By giyad
Feb 23, 2007
  1. So I just put together a new computer for my first time... Its ready to plug in to the wall, but before I turn it on I wanted to know what my next steps were. I am installing Vista Business Edition as my OS. Once I plug it in, where do I go next, do I just put the DVD in the player and it will start on its own, or is there something else I need to do?

    As of now, I have a Sony Blu-Ray writer and a floppy. Also, I have the Microsoft wireless optical mouse and keyboard. Will these work right away, or do I need to install drivers?

    Here are my specs:
    -Case: Antec Quiet P180 Black /550Watt Power Supply (Seasonic)
    -Motherboard: eVGA nForce 680i SLI
    -Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo E6600 (2.40 GHz, FSB1066, 4 MB L2)
    -RAM: OCZ 2GB DDR2-800 (2 x 1GB)
    -Hard Drive: Raptor SATA 10,000RPM 150GB
    -Video Card: EVGA GeForce 7950GT 512MB
    -DVD player (Sony Blu-Ray RW)
    -Floppy Drive
    -Cooling: Arctic Cooling Freezer 7 Pro

    Is there a system disk or something that I need to create before installing the OS?
    Also, if I want to overclock, is it best to do that in the beginning or does it not matter?

    Thanks in advance!
     
  2. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 9,317   +618

    Order of importance:
    1. install a router (unless you only have dial-up)
    2. Enable the MS default FW
    3. go on line and get all the OS updates
    4. install a good firewall (google for Comodo Personal Firewall)
    5. disable the freebe MS Firewall
    6. Install Spybot S&D
    7. Install Spywareblaster
    8. Install a good AV program (AVG 7.5 anti-malware)

    edit: RECOMMEND:
    Create an LUA account for your regular email/surffing and using ADMIN only for install/updates/maintenance
     
  3. nickslick74

    nickslick74 TS Rookie Posts: 575

    First let me say that you have a beautiful system! I'm here at work drooling on my desk.

    To get started just pop in the with windows DVD and let her rip. If you've never experienced a Raptor drive you are in for a nice surprise, they are wicked fast. I used the 36.7GB one for my brothers comp and I had XP installed in 12 minutes.

    I would get everything working just the way you want it and get the parts burned in before you begin overclocking.

    Good luck!
     
  4. giyad

    giyad TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 59

    Haha thanks for the compliment, I like the setup as well ;D

    I am worried though that I won't be able to use the DVD player or the keyboard and mouse right away. Is that not the case?
     
  5. nickslick74

    nickslick74 TS Rookie Posts: 575

    Vista will install generic drivers to get everything started so no worries there.
     
  6. giyad

    giyad TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 59

    Turned on

    Ok, so I plugged the power in and turned on the system... Everything is working :D so this is great!!
     
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