Build own PC -Checking Your Connections

Check your work.
Now is a good time to make sure all of your cards are seated properly in their respective slots. Also, check to make sure your RAM chips are seated properly.

Software Configuration
Software configuration for motherboards usually just involves adjusting the BIOS to recognize the new processor.  In "Jumper-less" motherboards, a BIOS will usually be equipped with a "Soft Menu" type BIOS which will be able to auto-detect the processor the first time you boot your PC.  Just make sure you double-check that it detected the processor correctly.  If your motherboard is not self-configuring, after you set your jumpers and/or DIP-switches you will need to adjust the BIOS settings to accommodate the CPU.  In addition to configuring the CPU, you will want to make sure the motherboard recognizes all of your hard drives and expansion cards.  Most modern motherboards can auto-detect all types of hard drives and offer plug-and-play functionality to auto-configure you expansion cards.  Most boards also have an "Optimum" or "Default" setting somewhere in the BIOS.  This is usually the safest and best configuration and unless you run into problems, you should leave this setting alone.  You will need to consult your motherboard's manual for more information on setting up the BIOS.

Important Tips
If your motherboard is not jumperless, make sure you set your jumpers and DIP-switches properly or you can damage both the motherboard and your CPU.  If you encounter problems with your motherboard recognizing your processor or any of your expansion cards, check the manufacturer of your motherboard's website for possible BIOS updates that will correct the problem. 

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