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How to Build a Mini-ITX LAN Party Gaming Desktop System (Page 4)

Steven Bassiri | Jun 16, 2019 at 4:50 pm CDT - 2 mins, 11 secs time to read this page

Setting Up BIOS and OS

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Entering the BIOS isn't something I recommend for everyone, but in this case, we find that the UEFI is easy enough to use. Supermicro has a new EZ mode of operation where you can drag drives to change their boot order and check fan speeds or setup RAID. We prefer to use the more advanced UEFI firmware, so we hit "F7" to switch over.

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The first thing you might want to do is to change your boot order, and to do this you just need to go over to the "Save & Exit" menu. You will be greeted with a huge list of boot options, we prefer to use UEFI mode instead of Dual mode (supports both legacy and UEFI devices for booting). If you have multiple drives you might need to go into the Hard Drive BBS Priority list, where you can choose which drive will show up in the boot menu.

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Fan control can be found at the bottom of the "H/W Monitor" tab, where the default option is "Quiet". However, while our Corsair fans for the cooler did run in Quiet mode, our case fans did not, so we needed to use another mode.

"Customize" mode allows for users to set their own temperature and PWM rate levels, up to four for each header. The headers are high current headers on this motherboard, supporting up to 2A, so we had two fans on each header. If you want to set Temperature 3 and 4, you will need to change PWM2 to something lower than 100%.

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You might also want to overclock your "K-series" CPU, and there is a whole overclocking tab dedicated to just that. You are able to manually set your overclock settings, and you can find our Supermicro OC guide for their Z390 series motherboards here.

You can also choose from CPU Profiles, which are kind of like presets, but we recommend reducing VCore and other voltages if you go that route. Setting XMP is also advised if your kit is supported. BIOS updates can bring some fixes every now and then, and Supermicro offers a way to update the UEFI firmware in the UEFI or through Windows. Once you set everything, hit F10 and save and exit the BIOS.

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Once you set the correct boot order and plug in your USB drive with Windows 10 on it, this screen will load after the contents of the USB drive are loaded into RAM upon bootup. Follow the prompts, and Windows 10 will install painlessly.

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Steven went from a fledgling forum reader in 2003 to one of the internet's brightest tech stars by 2010. Armed with an information systems degree, a deep understanding of circuitry, and a passion for tech, Steven (handle Sin0822) enjoys sharing his deep knowledge with others. Steven details products down to the component level to highlight seldom explained, and often misunderstood architectures. Steven is also a highly decorated overclocker with several world records.

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