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My new NF4 Expert and EVGA 7800GT OC will be arriving today. After reading pages and pages from several different searches about bios problems and resolutions I am quite confused as to whether I should flash my bios from the get go. I don't want to fry my CPU. (Obviously)

 

Should I flash my bios right away? If so what would be the best one?

 

Also is the "NF4 LanParty - initial build w/pictures" applicable to the expert since it has a different layout? Thanks. I'm hoping to have a smooth build.

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I have first revision of the board and its working perfectly with the original bios. And afaik there is only 2 official bios. But i dont think it would do any harm to flash latest official bios that is if you know how to do it :D

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the first thing i did was make sure i was memtest stable at default speeds (9 hours)

and flashed to the newest bios for the eXpert 12/07/2005

tmods cd 6.5 has all you need to get the job done right.

you are gonna luv the eXpert... :nod:

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WOOT! She's up and running! Screaming through windows updates ATM.

 

She's got the 11/02/2005 bios. That one have any problems that would make me want to flash it, or is it better to leave well enough alone?

 

P.S. She's purdy!!

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Blackhorn im in the same boat as you but ive had my system a few weeks now but just upgraded ram to 2gb Team Xtream UCCC PC4000 and changed from WD 80gb SATA x 4 to 80gb SATAII/NCQ Seagates now im gonna test 11/02/2005 but I like you wondering if 12/07/2005 BIOS is worth the risk and hassle.

So far 255MHzx11 mem ratio 200(1:1) timings all tweaked MemTest stable so ill see how I go and let you know.

 

So any advice on BIOS Flash 'yes or no' to flash and what are pro's and con's will help.

 

Thanks in advance.

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Ok it is 100% stable at 255Mhz x 11 = 2800MHz with mem at 1:1ratio 3-4-4-8-12-32 as seen on cpuz 24hr Prime95 stable and OCCT stable and Memtest stable and WoW stable (World of Warcraft- MC, ONY and BWL tested).

 

Im gonna stay with old version for now and just keep checking up on forums about new releases.

Ill probably OC and tweak more later. :thumbsup: on orig BIOS.

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changed from WD 80gb SATA x 4 to 80gb SATAII/NCQ Seagates

 

sNaCh,

 

Have you noticed much difference in performance by going from SATA to SATA II?

 

I'm thinking about going to a 4 HD RAID 0 array and need to decide whether to buy 2 more SATA drives or get 4 SATA II drives.

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My new NF4 Expert and EVGA 7800GT OC will be arriving today. After reading pages and pages from several different searches about bios problems and resolutions I am quite confused as to whether I should flash my bios from the get go. I don't want to fry my CPU. (Obviously)

 

Should I flash my bios right away? If so what would be the best one?

 

Also is the "NF4 LanParty - initial build w/pictures" applicable to the expert since it has a different layout? Thanks. I'm hoping to have a smooth build.

 

Just a suggestion after learning the hard way years ago and getting to look at a dead mobo for days till my new bios chip arrived I swore I would never go through that BS again. Ever since I have either had a bios saviour or a spare bios chip for whatever board I was monkeying with at the time. Becuase its isnt a matter of if you will have a flash go bad but when. I always do em the old fashioned way in DOS. Bios saviours are like $20.00 or so ..cheap insurance beats lookin at dead silicon and waitin for the FedEx dude.

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