So, you’ve finally finished putting your new PC altogether, and are stuck wondering what you should do next. If that’s you, then you’ve come to the right place, as I intend to tell you the main things you should do.
Putting together a PC for the first time, can be a pretty enjoyable experience, as long as it starts up without any hiccups. When you find yourself not knowing what to do next, it can take the enjoyment out of it, a little.
With that said, let’s take a look at the top 5 things that you should do, after you’ve successfully built your computer.
- Install an Operating System
The first thing you’ll want to do, after putting your computer together, is install the operating system. Whether it’s Windows or Linux or whatever you prefer, the process tends to be similar.
Depending on the age of your system build, you should be able to get things up and running, simply by putting the OS CD into your drive and running OS setup. In oldersetups, you had to ensure that the CD/DVD or whatever medium was configured as the primary boot device, before putting the OS CD into the drive, but that shouldn’t be necessary here.
Once the setup has started, the on-screen instructions should guide you through the process. Just ensure that you install the OS in the correct location. If you’ve installed an SSD on your system, then make sure the OS is being installed on that, otherwise you might end up having to reinstall everything.
- Secure Your System
Before you get on the internet and expose your system to malicious files and threats, you’ll want to secure your system first. This means, installing internet security software, such as antivirus scanners, firewalls, and antispyware tools. If you don’t have the security software on CD, then you may be forced to download it off the internet, be sure to take the necessary precautions, when doing so.
Ideally, you’d want to download it from a secure machine, then copy it to your computer, but if that’s not possible, then you can just download it directly. When you install it for the first time, be sure to update it, with all the latest virus definitions and patches, then carry out a full scan.
In the past, getting on the internet without protection, almost always led to a virus infection, but today, that isn’t always the case. This is because of the increased security measures implemented by ISPs today.
However, once you have that security tool installed, make sure it’s running, and running properly.
- Install Your Drivers
Every single component attached to the system will require its own set of drivers to run optimally. Components such as the motherboard, GPU, and CPU all rely on drivers that must be updated from time to time to bring out the best performance.
Without installing and updating your drivers, you may start to notice a marked deterioration in the performance of your system, whether it’s with the GPU, CPU or general operating system use.
If you opt for Windows 10, then it should be able to install the vast majority of the drivers that you need from its library of drivers. The pre-installed drivers should be enough to get your system up and running.
Once you’ve secured your system for internet access, you should be able to get online to find the most up-to-date drivers for your hardware components. That means, ignoring any of the CDs that may have come with your hardware components and acquiring the most recent versions, hosted online. You should be able to find these drivers from the manufacturer’s website. This will vary depending on the component, of course.
So, for example, if you’re running an AMD graphics card, then you should have no problem finding the most appropriate drivers for it on the AMD website, irrespective of its brand (Asus, EVGA, Gigabyte) as they will all work with the official drivers. This doesn’t reign true in all cases however.
- Install and Update Apps
By this point, you should have carried out all the most essential functions to getting your computer up and running. Now you should be at the point of installing those applications that makes it work building a computer in the first place. Such as your office suite, audio and video codecs, computer games and whatever else you choose to get up to while on your system.
A large number of these applications have a built-in component that allows you to update them on the fly, in other situations, you can go to the official website and download updates and patches there. When you purchase software for the first time, you should always register it, as you may be required to provide registration info to retrieve updates. Offering to provide the developers with statistical data is also a good thing, as it helps them improve their products, which ultimately will end up benefiting you.
- Devise a Backup Plan
Now that everything is up and running on your computer, the next thing you’ll want to think about, is the new files and folders that you hope to create on it. This is the last order of things, backing up newly created data. However, before you can back anything up, you must have the necessary tools and plan. So look around for suitable software, then map out when you intend to back your data up, and on what medium, whether it be a USB stick or an external hard drive.