It's so embarrassing to admit. I've bought components to do my very first build, and only now I realize the motherboard doesn't have a PS/2 port.
Do I buy a USB keyboard? Does the BIOS have a driver to operate the USB keyboard? If so, a USB mouse, too?
I had the computer hardware store do a POST test before I took the components from the store. I know the tech connected a PS/2 keyboard to some adapter that he had plugged into the mobo rear panel--I just assumed there was a PS/2 connecter there, and didn't note where/what the tech was using to connect the keyboard.
If you also want to suggest some reading material that covers this ground, I'll conscientiously read that before posting here so helplessly again. I did start by Google-ing and browsing Newegg, but I think my question is so basic few bother to mention this info.
I hope I don't get flamed for being so green! Well, at least I probably made you laugh at me. Sorry, to be so lame.
It's how I feel, so I'll sign this way:
R.I.P. Van Winkle
(added after the kind replies of Meridian and Electric Bill)
I'm assuming I will need an OS to pair a Bluetooth keyboard. Is this true? Or, have they added this to the BIOS/CMOS as well?
On a different query, I have been reading about memory for weeks, but various questions remain.
* The Asus P8Z77-I mobo is rated for 2200MHz memory. Does this imply the mobo has a memory controller? Or is the Intel Ivy Bridge i7-3770k able to control overclocked memory?
* If I try to o/c the RAM, how much voltage can I safely use? Most higher clock DDR3 is 1.65v while I've read the Ivy Bridge CPU can be damaged by more than 1.55v (1.5v +/- 0.05v).
* And what about undervoltage? Is it fine to use 1.3v RAM with Ivy Bridge? Will 1.3v RAM be damaged by overvolting as high as 1.5? Or will the RAM simply begin to err and thus require an appropriate voltage before permanent damage is done? (assuming, rigorous memory testing at each 0.05v increase)
I'm replacing an HP HDx16 desktop-replacement laptop that had only SATA2 and DDR2-800. On that old system, I found significant performance enhancement by moving some files to RAMdisk. I'm a little surprised to find the absence of much discussion of RAMdisk these days. Are the throughput and latency of SATA3 and SSD really so much enhanced over SATA2 that no one feels a need to move any files into their 2133MHz overclocked RAM?
This is something of a tangent, but I will document what I learned hoping to elicit more info from the Forum or possibly to shed light for others: I was confused that the Asus mobo won't enter BIOS Setup on boot no matter what keys are pressed. It is required to Clear RTC RAM (whatever that means) so that pressing <Delete> on boot will present the BIOS Setup menus. Is this a security feature? I would think the option to create a password is more direct, but I'm n00b. Getting to the jumper is no sweat with the mobo on the bench, but I will need to remove GFX card at the very least once the mobo is installed in the Prodigy case.
Also, I had a 30min window of anxiety and fear when I couldn't get the mobo to POST or even complain errors at me. I have little understanding what I did to upset it. I was fiddling with the BIOS for a couple hours with no hint at an issue, changing only the CPU fan settings and the memory frequency. Finally I added the CD drive, requiring me to disconnect the PSU from the mobo, remove the PSU from the case so that I could add the modular SATA power cable. When I put it back together in the Prodigy she was not happy! No beeps, no flashing lights--and no video signal to the monitor. One thought I had was a short in one of the cables from the PSU, as these need to be bent considerably to to wrangle the 160mm modular PSU into the Prodigy 180mm clearance. I was expecting the tight fit, and had been reassured it "just barely" fits. What finally got me back up was disconnecting all power and removing the CMOS battery. Maybe --maybe-- I had left the RAM at 2133 and the mobo was hiding the BIOS once a boot device was available and...something about loading the linux kernel from the SystemRescueCD was consistently leading to no video signal? I'm really at a loss. It was thereafter that I realized I should leave the mobo on the bench and stress the RAM using memtester until I feel confident whatever I had done has passed.