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    Default Building with a GA-EP45 UD3P

    I am building my new system with above motherboard and I wanted to know what steps should I take to ensure a successful install? Iwil be transferring my current HD to the new PC as well as the CD/DVD drive. I am using Core 2 Quad 9550 CPU.

    Also when I install everything, is there a certain procedure to follow upon bootup (i.e. boot sequence, etc)?

    BTW I am a noob to building a PC, so please explain in dummy terms if you could please.
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    As far as the very first time you turn on the new setup, I would go into bios set all auto to their default setting. Make sure you set up the right memory multi and voltage to your ram. Once that is done you should reformat that old hard drive and reinstall your OS. If you have a spare computer or before you take your old one down make sure you at least go to gigabytes websire or here and download all the latest drivers for MB and video card.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Acebmxer View Post
    As far as the very first time you turn on the new setup, I would go into bios set all auto to their default setting. Make sure you set up the right memory multi and voltage to your ram. Once that is done you should reformat that old hard drive and reinstall your OS. If you have a spare computer or before you take your old one down make sure you at least go to gigabytes websire or here and download all the latest drivers for MB and video card.


    I knew there would be a catch, lol. I am not sure how to reformat the HD, plus I do not have the OS to reinstall. It came prepackaged on the HD.

    Could I get by without reformatting the hard drive?

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    Quote Originally Posted by SML View Post
    I knew there would be a catch, lol. I am not sure how to reformat the HD, plus I do not have the OS to reinstall. It came prepackaged on the HD.

    Could I get by without reformatting the hard drive?

    You could.... The hard what did it come out of a name brand computer or did someone build it for you? Uninstall all the drivers before you remove the hard drive. you may have to restart a couple of times for windows to forget about the old hardware and see the new hardware before or after installing the drivers for the new hardware. Its always best to reinstall windows when upgrading parts or moving a hard drive from computers. It can be done just swapping but so times that doesn't work always.
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    Default Re: Building with a GA-EP45 UD3P

    Quote Originally Posted by SML View Post
    I am building my new system with above motherboard and I wanted to know what steps should I take to ensure a successful install? Iwil be transferring my current HD to the new PC as well as the CD/DVD drive. I am using Core 2 Quad 9550 CPU.

    Also when I install everything, is there a certain procedure to follow upon bootup (i.e. boot sequence, etc)?

    BTW I am a noob to building a PC, so please explain in dummy terms if you could please.
    There is a procedure you can follow to transfer your current OS to the new motherboard. It fif work for me twice, once with with XP and once Windows 7 RC1, but failed for XP when I installed this motherboard.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Acebmxer View Post
    You could.... The hard what did it come out of a name brand computer or did someone build it for you? Uninstall all the drivers before you remove the hard drive. you may have to restart a couple of times for windows to forget about the old hardware and see the new hardware before or after installing the drivers for the new hardware. Its always best to reinstall windows when upgrading parts or moving a hard drive from computers. It can be done just swapping but so times that doesn't work always.

    It came out of an HP with an AMD Phenom 9750 quad core. I may just reformat and install a fresh version of Windows.


    Also will pc2 6400 RAM work with this MB?

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    you don't need to reformat.. but I still recommend reinstalling your OS.


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    Default Re: Building with a GA-EP45 UD3P

    Quote Originally Posted by SML View Post
    It came out of an HP with an AMD Phenom 9750 quad core. I may just reformat and install a fresh version of Windows.


    Also will pc2 6400 RAM work with this MB?

    Yes it should just have to setup memory manually in bios.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Acebmxer View Post
    Yes it should just have to setup memory manually in bios.

    Sweet. I have 8 gigs in my pc right now.


    BTW, just had to buy a new OS and HD. I can't wait hours upon hours to reformat and then it not work with the new MB.

    I really didn't want to spend another $300. I feel like

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    If your OS came as part of a package from a major re-seller you may have a big problem.

    Companies like IBM, Lenovo, Dell HP, Packard Bell etc have access to a special type of OEm version of Vista. This version looks to the BIOS of the motherboard to verify validity. Installing the OS using the provided key code on a different board will result in you not being able to activate Windows. It will tell you there is an activation problem and that you should contact the OEM in question.

    This is the reason why I'm running Windows 7 RC1. I simply am not able to install Vista on the system now I'm running on an EP45-UD3P.

    If you're lucky enough to not be limited by this then you are within your rights (though legally a grey area) to download a copy of Windows Vista OEM and register it with your key code. After all it's the key code you pay for and not the OS.

    Just read your last post. It's a shame you spent money on a new OS now with Windows 7 so close. You could have downloaded Windows 7. It stays working until March 2010 and is rock solid stable as well as being faster than Vista (for me anyway). There Was a pre-order program where you could get a copy of Win 7 for $49 in the US. I think this ended on 11 July though. This is an upgrade version, but if you were to "happen upon" a Vista or XP install CD somehow, original or burned, then you could install it just fine.

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