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Help with new Asus A8N Premium SLI!

Discussion in 'Motherboards' started by fragster, 28 Jan 2006.

  1. fragster

    Gangster

    Joined: 5 Dec 2003

    Posts: 307

    Location: Essex

    Hey guys,

    I now have everything needed to start building the new rig (in sig), took the Asus out of the box last night and :eek: the manual is like a novel! :D There are so many settings and it looks like things have changed quite drastically since the days of NF2 and when my old Abit NF7 was top of the range :(

    I'm going to be doing a fresh install and totally wipe the C: are there any newer drivers that I should download first before formatting? In what order is it best to install everything? Directx, graphics drivers, mobo drivers etc...

    Thanks for any help, i'm gonna need it i think!

    Dave
     
  2. [Darkend]Viper

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 18 Oct 2002

    Posts: 1,347

    Location: Bamber Bridge

    Use the latest nvidia chipset drivers first, this should want to install the AC '97 codec, don't let it and download the new one from Asus. Gives you some extra settings. DirectX will be installed normally when you install a game.

    I used the omega foreware drivers on my 7800GTX and they work superbly. Have a look at what bios your using. I'm running 1009 and it is rock stable. This bios version is also supposed to be good at overclocking.

    It's a real doddle to put together. I had mine setup and windows on in a hour.
     
  3. fragster

    Gangster

    Joined: 5 Dec 2003

    Posts: 307

    Location: Essex

    that was another question i had :) the bios version. Thanks for the info.

    I posted in Sound City whether it would be worth my keeping my SB Audigy 2 sound card in there or using the onboard sound, what do you think?
     
  4. [Darkend]Viper

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 18 Oct 2002

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    Location: Bamber Bridge

    I've never had any creative sound card since the Live 5.1. The onboard sound is ok but I can't compare.

    If it's any easier I'm going to be getting an X-Fi or Audigy 2 ZS in the near future.
     
  5. fragster

    Gangster

    Joined: 5 Dec 2003

    Posts: 307

    Location: Essex

    I'm guessing the Audigy 2 is actually better than the onboard but I wasn't sure. We'll see I guess.

    thanks again mate
     
  6. fragster

    Gangster

    Joined: 5 Dec 2003

    Posts: 307

    Location: Essex

    nice to know that it's easy to set up as well. Looking forward to getting in tonight from work :)
     
  7. subxero

    Mobster

    Joined: 13 Feb 2003

    Posts: 4,353

    Location: Over the Moon

    Audigy 2 is def better than this onboard sound solution ;)
     
  8. MeatLoaf

    Capodecina

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    Location: Stoke on Trent

    ^^^^^^^

    What he said
     
  9. fragster

    Gangster

    Joined: 5 Dec 2003

    Posts: 307

    Location: Essex

    thanks guys :)
     
  10. fragster

    Gangster

    Joined: 5 Dec 2003

    Posts: 307

    Location: Essex

    ok, got everything installed now and all is well. Haven't attempted any overclocking just yet, will save that for tomorrow :)

    Dave (so far, a happy Asus owner :) )