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What happens when I boot up home built PC for very first time?


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#1 skymaster191

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Posted 06 November 2010 - 12:20 PM

Well, I ordered all components for PC build except RAM and power supply. I want to give those items a bit more thought. A few more questions came up:

1. What happens when I boot up brand-new built PC for the first time? Will there be a blank screen prompting me to install driver and OS in a certain order?

2. How do I determine if power supply will fit into my computer case?

3. Is it possible to have any compatibility issues between the new hardware components and Windows SP itself?

Thanks,
Dave

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Posted 06 November 2010 - 09:44 PM

1. You should go into the BIOS and confirm settings and set the time. The motherboard manual usually tells you what to do here. After that, put the OS disc into the drive and off you go.
2. If you are using a standard ATX case and power supply, it should fit as they both adhere to the ATX standard.
3. I assume you are talking about XP? No, though some higher end functions, like DirectX 10 and 11 will be unavailable due to the age of the OS and certain hardware optimizations will not be used. Unless you have a highly compelling reason to use XP, cut the cord and go to Windows 7.

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Posted 07 November 2010 - 12:02 PM

Thanks for reply.

This new case will be MicroATX mid-tower. I want to stick with Windows XP because I'm not buying any more Microsoft products

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Posted 08 November 2010 - 03:02 PM

I take it you're not a gamer? Do use caution with XP, it has left standard support and will be leaving support entirely in a few years. If you keep PC's for several years, keep this in mind. You don't want to be without patches.

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