1) Update Bios to latest offered by manufacturer
2) Install XP SP2
3) Run the latest drivers for mainboard, LAN, video, sound etc, all taken from the makers website.
4) Run Windows update
5) Install AV
6) Install programs
Am building first PC from all new parts. Have AMD 64 3000 chip, w/ DFI Lan Party UT nF3 250Gb moboard, plus 1GB DDR400 PC3200 RAM, and Radeon 9550 video card. The moboard came with CD for drivers for onboard chips, Also have HD Maxtor 200GB SATA/150. Plan on installing WinXP Pro OS. Once all hardware is set up, what software do I install and in what order. Thought I would only install DVD-ROM and floppy at first. Sound card is on moboard. Do I need install video card before installing drivers on moboard and HD drivers, and OS??? Appreciate someone giving a brief outline of steps. Thanks! Jim P.S. Does CNet have site that gives this detailed info step by steP?