Let's Build a Workstation PC! Part 4: Installing Windows + Drivers
Staff Writer By: Ricky Grove (gToon)
In my previous two installments of Let's Build a Workstation PC (one, two), I covered research for the build, choosing the parts and putting the parts together to create the workstation. In this 3rd part, I'll be covering Windows 10 installation, drivers and dealing with any issues that might come up.
Planning the installation
First, we are going to install Windows 10 using the newest method of installation - a high speed thumb-drive. In the past, it's always been a 3D installation, so I'm curious about the process this time. With high speed USB on our workstation, the install should be very fast.
bios set up
In the Advanced Mode of the bios, we'll set the drive order so that USB drive is first. There's some debate about adjusting other settings for the m.2 drive, but I chose to use the default settings in the bios to be safe.
Once I'm in the bios (hold down the delete key during post to enter bios), I set the boot order to the Windows 10 USB, hit F10 to save and re-boot. The system finds the USB stick and starts the Windows 10 install. Yay!
In the past, Windows has taken up to a half hour to install. This Windows 10 USB install takes 5 minutes. Amazing!
mobo drivers install
Shutting down our Windows 10 install, I add the external Blu-ray drive. The system finds the drive just fine, so I insert the Asus motherboard CD and proceed to install the drivers and any additional help applications from ASUS.
problems with install and how to fix them
The first problem we encounter is in the bios. When the system boots up it doesn't go directly into the bios, but instead goes to a warning message and a note to proceed. It's easy enough to simply proceed into windows, but it bothers me that I have this hitch in starting up.
After an hour or so of research, checking the manual and trying some different bios settings (with no luck), I actually take the time to read the warning that comes up on boot. It's a warning that I don't have a CPU fan. This makes sense as we are using liquid cooling and there is no fan. I wonder if the is a way to turn this warning off? Sure enough, in the Advance Bios there is a setting that allows me to turn the fan warning off. I boot up and, Viola!, I'm strait into Window with no warnings. Problem solved.
Super-Wide Monitor Resolution Issue
It appears that these wide monitors have trouble with combination cables meaning you can't use a cable unless both ends have the same format. My cable has dvi and display port which won't work (two different types of interfaces). So, I buy a new cable with display port on both ends. This does the job and I now have the correct 2560x1080 resolution on my monitor.
Adding the Rest of my Hardware
Updating Bios and Drivers
All told, I believe I spent about 4-5 hours with Windows install, problem solving and drivers update. This is much faster than previous installations which could take and entire day or two. I'm particularly impressed with how well designed the new bios are for Asus. So glad I chose this company for my motherboard. They are always innovative and dependable.
Next: Final chapter - overclocking and tests.