Please report all spam threads, posts and suspicious members. We receive spam notifications and will take immediate action!
Page 1 of 6 123 ... LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 51

Thread: Building a new GA-EP45-DS3L machine




  1. #1
    Join Date
    Nov 2008
    Posts
    24

    Question Building a new GA-EP45-DS3L machine

    Hello!

    I'm building a new computer and it's been a while since I built my last so I was hoping I could get a little guidance, especially since I hear this motherboard can be finicky. I'm buying all the components separately so everything's going to be at factory default when I get started. Here are the important bits:

    GA-EP45-DS3L
    Intel Core 2 Duo E7200 Wolfdale 2.53GHz
    SAPPHIRE 100245L Radeon HD 4850 512MB
    4GB Corsair DDR2 800 (2x 2GB)
    Western Digital Caviar SE16 640GB HD


    I've read that it might not like the RAM on first boot but I have some old OCZ 1GB DDR2 400 DIMMs from my last computer just in case.

    Would someone be so kind as to tell me what my BIOS settings will need to be, and how to get them set that way if it's going to be more complicated than just plugging everything in and turning it on? Could I also get a step-by-step for getting the BIOS up to date?

    I'm going to be using XP though unless I'm mistaken I'll need to have all of the BIOS stuff squared away before I even put in the Windows disc.

    Thanks for your help!

  2. #2
    Lsdmeasap's Avatar
    Lsdmeasap is offline GIGABYTE Guru
    Join Date
    Jan 2008
    Location
    PCB Island
    Posts
    25,940

    Default Re: Building a new GA-EP45-DS3L machine

    What you should do is install your System with only one 2GB stick and then you can get into your BIOS and mess around with things. Yes, you will need to manually set some things for stable 2x2GB of ram.

    Depending on where you plan to run your CPU at you would likely need to set many things manually as Auto is often wrong, and can give to little or too much of any one settings and cause you to fail to boot or be stable and you wont know what is causing that without manually setting things.

    Your board will likely boot for sure with the BIOS it ships with, but yes you should update it.

    Here is a Qflash Guide I wrote so you can easily update your BIOS >>>
    http://forums.tweaktown.com/f69/bios...h-guide-27576/

    And here is your BIOS download page >>>
    GIGABYTE - Support - Motherboard - BIOS - GA-EP45-DS3L (rev. 1.0)


    Once you get setup and running I can help you with settings once you decide where you plan to run things at.

    I can say, Please do take the time to read your manual. It will help alot if you are new to SATA and newer boards. P45 has TONS of BIOS options so you will want to read all that first.


    Once you get everything put together let me know and I can for sure help you

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Nov 2008
    Posts
    24

    Default Re: Building a new GA-EP45-DS3L machine

    Thanks for the advice. I am indeed new to SATA and as noted my main drive will be a SATA drive, though I do intend to install my old 160GB IDE drive as a secondary (makes it a lot easier to transfer all my files!).

    When you ask where I plan to run my CPU at, you mean in terms of overclocking, right? I've never really had much interest in that level of tweaking so I won't be overclocking. At least, not until something comes along to compel me to do so. :)

    Some of my components are arriving today and the rest will be tomorrow so today is still going to be a research day. If the motherboard arrives I'll get cracking on that manual.

    Thanks again!
    Capslock is cruise control for cool!

  4. #4
    Lsdmeasap's Avatar
    Lsdmeasap is offline GIGABYTE Guru
    Join Date
    Jan 2008
    Location
    PCB Island
    Posts
    25,940

    Default Re: Building a new GA-EP45-DS3L machine

    Ya, I just wondered if you planned to overclock an such.

    Post back once you get started if you need some help, hopefully someone will chime in if I am not around.

    Otherwise good luck and I will see you when I get in

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Nov 2008
    Posts
    24

    Default Re: Building a new GA-EP45-DS3L machine

    Will do. Looks like the mobo is going to arrive tomorrow. I'll be sure to post about my epic failures then. :)
    Capslock is cruise control for cool!

  6. #6
    Lsdmeasap's Avatar
    Lsdmeasap is offline GIGABYTE Guru
    Join Date
    Jan 2008
    Location
    PCB Island
    Posts
    25,940

  7. #7
    Join Date
    Nov 2008
    Posts
    24

    Default Re: Building a new GA-EP45-DS3L machine

    OK, I have a question! I only just started because I came down with the flu on Wednesday and have been kind of loopy since (still am, wooo!). I noticed on the motherboard the screw holes are surrounded by metal contact points. Grounds, maybe? Or perhaps just shiny things to help me find the holes? Either way, my case lacks a screw hole for one of the two right by the lower end of the RAM sockets (front, mid-board). I figured if those little metallic petals are indeed grounds, this could be a problem. Is it?
    Capslock is cruise control for cool!

  8. #8
    Join Date
    Nov 2008
    Posts
    24

    Default Re: Building a new GA-EP45-DS3L machine

    Oh, and also, the case came with screws that are threaded all the way up to the head and some that are only threaded up to within a few mm of the head. Which should I use? I've already put in the spacers. Sorry, neither the mobo nor the case had very detailed instructions on how to screw the damn thing in.
    Last edited by Lobster; 11-16-2008 at 06:29 AM. Reason: Forgot the spacers!
    Capslock is cruise control for cool!

  9. #9
    Lsdmeasap's Avatar
    Lsdmeasap is offline GIGABYTE Guru
    Join Date
    Jan 2008
    Location
    PCB Island
    Posts
    25,940

    Default Re: Building a new GA-EP45-DS3L machine

    If your tray is missing a standoff or standoff screw hole you will be fine with leaving that screw out if you like. Just be sure there is no extra standoff's under the board that do not line up and have a screw you plan to put in them as they will short your board out. So remove those if you do see any

    You can use whichever screws you want, it does not matter. Just be sure you dont need a certain one for something else or you will have to redo it all later.

    Hope you get well soon, and good luck with this build

  10. #10
    Join Date
    Nov 2008
    Posts
    24

    Default Re: Building a new GA-EP45-DS3L machine

    OK, the build was more successful than I'd hoped. In fact, I put in the three hard drives I intended to use (including the two from my previous build) and since the SATA wasn't formatted yet it actually successfully booted off my old drive on the very first power cycle! Needless to say, the computer is very confused about what happened between its last shutdown and now and is giving me 3 days to reactivate Windows before it locks me out. :(

    Now I need to figure out how to format that SATA drive since as tempting as it is to be lazy and stick with the old IDE, I think I'd be better off with the new hardware. Windows XP Setup should take care of that, right? I don't know how stable the system is since I'm not about to start putting it through is paces through a five-year-old OS install on a totally different machine.

    So I guess these are my questions:

    1) How do I go about formatting and partitioning the SATA drive that will be my main hard drive? It's the Western Digital 640GB noted in OP.
    2) It booted up just fine with only 1 2GB DIMM. What do I need to change to get it to handle 2?
    3) What's my next step? BIOS update? I've already downloaded the new version and installed a floppy drive on the new machine to do it that way but I wasn't sure if I ought to format the new HD first.

    Thanks for all your help!
    Capslock is cruise control for cool!

Page 1 of 6 123 ... LastLast

Thread Information

Users Browsing this Thread

There are currently 1 users browsing this thread. (0 members and 1 guests)

Tags for this Thread

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •