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Old 08-06-2013, 02:33 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default MOBO and GPU Drivers

Newbie PC builder here... I understand that I need a few drivers: Chipset, LAN, USB, Audio, SATA3, and GPU.



1) What is the Chipset driver? Is that the same as "INF"?
2) There are 2 USB drivers available... one from ASMedia and one from Intel. What's the difference and which should I get?
3) Any other drivers that you recommend getting? I'm planning to OC to 4.2 GHz.

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus 76.8 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($24.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($134.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (Purchased For $0.00)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB Video Card (Purchased For $169.99)
Case: Cooler Master Storm Enforcer ATX Mid Tower Case ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX 650W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply (Purchased For $49.99)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ Newegg)

4) For the GPU drivers, do I just download the "Catalyst Software Suite"?
What is the "Catalyst Application Profiles"?... that seems to have the newest version.

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Thanks!
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Old 08-06-2013, 03:16 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Default Re: MOBO and GPU Drivers

To be clear, you shouldn't need any of that in the list if you are running Windows 8.

If you're running Windows 7:
1: Yes the INF is chipset drivers.
2: You need both. Intel supports 2, the others come from an ASMedia controller.
3: All you should need is SATA3, USB3, and the INF if running Windows 7. You don't need to OC that chip at all currently. It's fine stock for everything.

4: Download the 13.8 beta drivers. They were recently released and are a vast improvement over the previous WHQL. CAPs are for Crossfire.
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