Installation of new motherboard

May 9, 2020 at 00:52:53
Specs: Windows 10, 16GB
I am rebuilding my computer. With a new motherboard and cpu. Once I switch on on should I I leave things as they are and not update the BIOS or should I update the BIOS straight away before doing anything else

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May 9, 2020 at 01:29:25
I think the usual advice is to get it all working first, without updating bios etc., and if all is fine - leave it that way.

In effect if it ain’t broke, don’t phyxe it.

But hang about for hardware gurus to advise further.

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May 9, 2020 at 07:27:50
Make/model would be helpful, the rest of the build specs too. We don't know if you're asking about a brand new board & CPU, or an older motherboard that's new to you. Assuming it's brand new, did you go to the motherboard manufacturer's website & check out the support page to make sure the CPU is compatible? Did you look at the list of BIOS updates to see if the latest one seemed to be critical? Some boards sit on a shelf or in a warehouse for months before being sold so the one you get might have a BIOS that's several versions behind. Assuming there's BIOS updates available, whether you update immediately or later is up to you.

Be sure to bench test the board before installing it in the case. It adds a bit of time to the process put can save time in the long run.

Changing the board & CPU will deactivate Windows due to it being a "significant hardware change" so you'll need a digital license or a product key to reactivate.

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