Author: Bob Buskirk
- The BIOS
- System Overview & Testing Procedures
- Testing - CPU
- Testing - System & Memory
- Testing - Video
- Testing - Gaming
- Final Thoughts
So what will we be installing in this Sandy Bridge system? Here are the components that make up our test system.
Processor: Intel Core i5-2500K
Motherboard: MSI P67A-GB80 (B3)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 6850
Memory: Patriot Viper Xtreme Division 2 DDR3-1866 8GB
Storage: Western Digital 1TB SATA 6GB/s hard drive
Optical: ASUS Blu-ray Drive
Power: OCZ ZX-Series 850W
Case: Cooler Master CM Storm Enforcer
Cooling: Thermaltake FRIO
The first thing you are going to want to do is install your CPU and memory. Then you can go ahead and install the motherboard in your case.
WARNING – Use extreme caution when installing LGA 1155 CPUs. The pins in the CPU socket are very fragile and easily damaged. DO NOT TOUCH THE PINS WITH YOUR FINGERS!
Next go ahead and install your hard drives and optical devices.
Finally, install your power supply, video card and wire everything up and you are ready to power the system on.