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    Default GA-EP45-DS3R help pls

    I ordered GA-EP45-DS3R Mobo should be coming in tommorrow

    Infact I bought a bunch of stuff.. sigh ok ill just go over everything I bought. For my new build.

    But really I have a few questions since I am a begginner. I know all reviews say this MOBO needs the bios flashed.. If i go to gigabytes website and download the f9bios.exe file and run it.. is that considered flashing it? Or do I need to do something else to flash the bios to a newer version?

    thats really all i needed to know is about the bios.. and maybe what you think of my build I have coming in tommorrow? Btw it will be going into a antec 900 case.


    Also is there anything else I will need to do? Please I mean ANYTHING. Never done this before. Im hoping all i have to do is plug everything in load up windows and be set. What else will i need to do?






    Heres my build thats coming in tommorrow.

    CPU: Intel E8400 (169.99)
    Newegg.com - Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 Wolfdale 3.0GHz 6MB L2 Cache LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Processor - Processors - Desktops

    GPU: ATI 4850 (184.99)
    Newegg.com - VisionTek 900241 Radeon HD 4850 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Desktop Graphics / Video Cards

    RAM: 4GB DDR2 800 (90.00)
    Newegg.com - CORSAIR 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Desktop Memory

    Mobo: Gigabyte GA-EP45-DS3R (134.99)
    Newegg.com - GIGABYTE GA-EP45-DS3R LGA 775 Intel P45 ATX Intel Motherboard - Intel Motherboards

    PSU: Corsair HX520 (114.99)
    Newegg.com - CORSAIR CMPSU-520HX 520W ATX12V v2.2 and EPS12V 2.91 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply - Power Supplies

    HD: 500-750 GB Sata II, 7200 RPM (99.99)
    Newegg.com - Seagate Barracuda ES.2 ST3500320NS 500GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - Internal Hard Drives

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    First of all, that's a very nice setup you have coming - well selected and well balanced to maximize performance for price...a good configuration. This should be a very rewarding system with plenty of performance. Having said that, you will almost certainly need to manually set many of the BIOS parameters, first, to get stability, and second, to maximize performance. I have personally found these boards to require much, much more BIOS fiddling than anything I've ever built before. The good news is that you've found this forum, so you're in pretty good shape. Failing a bad part, you will be able to get where you need to be with your new confuser...er, computer.
    I would strongly recommend that you read through two of the stickies at the top of the forum. Some poor sap spent hours of his precious time writing those things precisely for folks like yourself. In particular, "BIOS Flashing - A How To Qflash Guide" sounds like it may be helpful, eh? There's also a great tutorial on memory timings. Beyond that, you'll find lots of posts here from people who have systems very similar to (if not exactly like) yours, so look back through the threads to see how they have set their systems up.
    Good luck!

    Gigabyte GA-EP45-DS3L (BIOS F9); E7200 Core2Duo 2.53Ghz 1066Mhz FSB 3MB L2 (OC to 3.4Ghz); SuperTalent 2x2G DDR2-800 PC6400 CL 5-5-5-12 (T800UX4GC5); Seagate 500GB SATA2 7200 32mb cache HD; EVGA 8800GT 512MB Superclocked Edition
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    Quote Originally Posted by mxcrowe View Post
    First of all, that's a very nice setup you have coming - well selected and well balanced to maximize performance for price...a good configuration. This should be a very rewarding system with plenty of performance. Having said that, you will almost certainly need to manually set many of the BIOS parameters, first, to get stability, and second, to maximize performance. I have personally found these boards to require much, much more BIOS fiddling than anything I've ever built before. The good news is that you've found this forum, so you're in pretty good shape. Failing a bad part, you will be able to get where you need to be with your new confuser...er, computer.
    I would strongly recommend that you read through two of the stickies at the top of the forum. Some poor sap spent hours of his precious time writing those things precisely for folks like yourself. In particular, "BIOS Flashing - A How To Qflash Guide" sounds like it may be helpful, eh? There's also a great tutorial on memory timings. Beyond that, you'll find lots of posts here from people who have systems very similar to (if not exactly like) yours, so look back through the threads to see how they have set their systems up.
    Good luck!

    Hey thanks. I think my main issue is the part where "im going to have to tweak things in bios and mess with settings to be stable" I have NO CLUE how to do all of that ha. And im at the level where if i plug it all in and everything seems fine I will think it is...... i dont know "what to tweaK" or what to "change" ect..

    I read the how to flash bios thing that was helpfull im just really scared that I wont get the maximum that this build can offer because I dont know what im doing.

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    If you happen to be lucky and the board was just recently manufactured, you might get a board with a recent bios already installed (like f4, f5). When you first boot up, check the bios number, if it's something fairly recent I'd just leave it alone. All the latest bios revisions have more to do with RAM overclocking and recognition of new CPUs, neither of which pertains to your setup.

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    Well good news first of all is you wont HAVE to flash, but you may want to. Your board will ship out with a compatible BIOS for your CPU choice. But you may flash it later fro sure if you like once you get going and see what is already installed and how it works out for you. As said above I just made a BIOS Flashing guide pinned in this forum section

    What I would suggest since you are new to all of this is to only install one of your 2GB sticks in slot one and leave only that one in there until you get your windows installed. Leaving things in Auto will/should work fine with only one stick.

    Then later you will need to make some changes and install the second stick and start working on tweaking your system to where you plan to keep it running at.

    Doing things that way will be much easier for you upon your first build. So you can get in windows and get your programs and stuff installed and have a usable system incase me or anyone else is not around to help you with the settings for 4GB. Then once you get your system built and windows installed post back here And I will post a full set of settings for you to get you moving along.

    Don't worry already!!! BIOS tweaking is a art, and will take you many hours and some headaches before you start to get the hang of things. Just don't let yourself get upset or frustrated learning things like that will payoff for your build, and for any future builds you do.

    Just dont get the mindset it is a "Plug and Play" type of thing. To get the best settings for performance you may spend several days to a week or more depending on what you want to do with your system, the time you have on your hands, and what type of testing you do.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lsdmeasap View Post
    Well good news first of all is you wont HAVE to flash, but you may want to. Your board will ship out with a compatible BIOS for your CPU choice. But you may flash it later fro sure if you like once you get going and see what is already installed and how it works out for you. As said above I just made a BIOS Flashing guide pinned in this forum section

    What I would suggest since you are new to all of this is to only install one of your 2GB sticks in slot one and leave only that one in there until you get your windows installed. Leaving things in Auto will/should work fine with only one stick.

    Then later you will need to make some changes and install the second stick and start working on tweaking your system to where you plan to keep it running at.

    Doing things that way will be much easier for you upon your first build. So you can get in windows and get your programs and stuff installed and have a usable system incase me or anyone else is not around to help you with the settings for 4GB. Then once you get your system built and windows installed post back here And I will post a full set of settings for you to get you moving along.

    Don't worry already!!! BIOS tweaking is a art, and will take you many hours and some headaches before you start to get the hang of things. Just don't let yourself get upset or frustrated learning things like that will payoff for your build, and for any future builds you do.

    Just dont get the mindset it is a "Plug and Play" type of thing. To get the best settings for performance you may spend several days to a week or more depending on what you want to do with your system, the time you have on your hands, and what type of testing you do.
    Ok well I guess I will plug everything in... which I hope I do right haha.

    Leme ask a q about that. Do I just plug everything up GPU, RAM plug it all in.. then install windows and then once windows is installed I install the CD(drivers) for the RAM/Video Card ?? Is taht how it works?

    I mean are there steps to take as far as installing and putting everything together..

    Do I just plug in my motherboard and wire everything up and turn it on? Is that all there is? Sorry if the Q's are newbish. I am infact a newb kinda at building computers.

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    Yeah, that is about it. You will have to go into the BIOS though before you load windows and setup your disks. Which you manual will explain to you what choices you want to set.

    But other then that, yes it is pretty easy stuff. Keep the Cats out of the room, and your socks off. So you dont static shock anything

    Be sure also all connections are tight so you dont have a partial connect and short something

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lsdmeasap View Post
    Yeah, that is about it. You will have to go into the BIOS though before you load windows and setup your disks. Which you manual will explain to you what choices you want to set.

    But other then that, yes it is pretty easy stuff. Keep the Cats out of the room, and your socks off. So you dont static shock anything

    Be sure also all connections are tight so you dont have a partial connect and short something

    Can you explain maybe how to go into the bios and setup the disks?

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    Well to get into the BIOS you hit the "Delete" key at boot time. Then you will need to go into the Integrated Peripherals page and set your disks up.

    Plug your disk into one of the Yellow ports 0-3, then this is what you will want to set for it in the above mentioned page of the BIOS >>>

    SATA RAID/AHCI Mode...... [Disabled]
    SATA Port0-3 Native Mode ..... [Enabled]

    Once you do that you will need to click on the "Boot device priority" and select your Hard disk and set it as the Second device, or first. Depending if you want/need a CD or floppy set as first. You will need to boot from the CD to install your OS but you can choose it when you boot if you like by hitting F12 and chose the drive

    Also, that drive ships out with a TINY jumper on the back to limit speeds to SATA I (1.5GB/s) so you will want to remove that FOR SURE before you plug it in. You will need a needle, tiny screwdriver, or some good tweezers as it is sometimes hard to get a hold of
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lsdmeasap View Post
    Well to get into the BIOS you hit the "END" key at boot time. Then you will need to go into the Integreated Peripherals page and set your disks up.

    Plug your disk into one of the Yellow ports 0-3, then this is what you will want to set for it in the above mentioned page of the BIOS >>>

    SATA RAID/AHCI Mode...... [Disabled]
    SATA Port0-3 Native Mode ..... [Enabled]

    Once you do that you will need to click on the "Boot device priority" and select your Hard disk and set it as the Second device, or first. Depending if you want/need a CD or floppy set as first. You will need to boot from the CD to install your OS but you can choose it when you boot if you like by hitting F12 and chose the drive

    Also, that drive ships out with a TINY jumper on the back to limit speeds to SATA I (1.5GB/s) so you will want to remove that FOR SURE before you plug it in. You will need a needle, tiny screwdriver, or some good tweezers as it is sometimes hard to get a hold of
    your talking about my "disks" as in my hard drive right? Or are you talking about my hard drive and my CD/DVD drives?? And your also refering to the bottom left part of the MOBO where the ports say SATA0 SATA1 SATA2 SATA3 ect.. right? So Hard drive would go in sata 1 what would go in he other ports? just any other hard drives i want to set upp? Those SATA ports are ONLY for hard drive right?

    and so shud I set my CD drive for 1 and hard drive for 2 ?


    haha i feel like such a noob. HAHA I DO understand more than i make it seem I just wana make sure I have a smoothe setup with all of this.

    And if I remove the jumper on my hard drive what speeds will it run at instead of 1.5GB/s ?

    So thats the only stuff I have to do before installing my OS? Is set up my hard drive? God I hope I dont have as much trouble as im anticipating lol.


    Also another thing. All this stuf will be going in my current case, until my Antec 900 comes next week. That shud be ok to unplug everything and move it into the Antec next week right?
    Last edited by omgitscole; 09-11-2008 at 11:45 PM.

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