What drivers do you need for a new PC build?

Written by Branton

Last updated Feb 25, 2022

Building a brand new PC can be an exciting process. Getting new parts in the mail, putting it all together, it can all be a lot of fun. However, one part that lots of us get stuck on are the drivers. What drivers does a new PC build even need? Which ones are the most important? When should it be done?

All are important questions and they’re all going to get answers in this post. If you feel something has been overlooked, let us know in the comment section!

If you have any questions or comments feel free to ask them in the comment section

What drivers do I need?

First and foremost, let’s take a look at which drivers you’re going to need for your new PC build and hardware devices.

If you’re running Windows 10, chances are someone has told you that it’ll automatically download your drivers for you. Although that’s true to an extent, it’s not exactly the case for all parts. Windows 10 comes packaged with a ton of drivers to make sure a new PC works enough to boot and work with basic functionality. However, those drivers usually aren’t ideal when it comes to high-end motherboards or discrete graphics cards.

With that in mind, these are the device drivers you’ll want to seek out and install:

GPU drivers: Graphics card drivers are easily the most important, especially if you’re building a gaming PC. Without updating your GPU drivers, your graphics card won’t function correctly and you’ll get terrible performance. Since that’s not ideal, let’s avoid it by making GPU drivers the very first thing to get updated.

To find the newest GPU drivers, simply head over to either AMD’s or Nvidia’s driver download pages (depending on who makes your card) and input the required information. From there all you have to do is download and then install the most recent drivers. You’ll want to check back periodically and download new revisions when they become available. Alternatively, both AMD and Nvidia offer programs that will notify you of driver updates as well as download and install them for you.

Motherboard drivers: Your mobo drivers are where Windows 10 really excels when it comes to prepackaged drivers. But, chances are your motherboard’s manufacturer has put out newer and probably better drivers than what Windows gave you. Based on that, it’s always good to head over to your motherboard manufacturer’s website and download the newest LAN, USB, SATA, audio, and chipset drivers at least.

Here are the driver download pages for:

Beyond the basic drivers, you might also want to consider flashing (updating) your BIOS to the newest revision. Often, motherboards are patched to offer higher system stability, support for more hardware, and potential fixes for hardware-related issues.

Peripherals: If any of your additional hardware has RGB to control, macros to set, or sensors to adjust, then you probably have more drivers (more like software) to install. So, your RGB keyboard and mouse will probably require additional software before you can customize them. Similarly, custom RGB lighting will often require software as well.

If you have controllable fans, you might want something like SpeedFan to fine-tune how they operate. You might also want something like MSI Afterburner to control/overclock your GPU.

When should drivers be updated?

You should be updating your drivers as soon as you’ve finished building your PC and installing your operating system. It’s easy to get excited and want to jump right into some gaming, but if you do that before updating at least your GPU drivers you’re not going to have a great experience.

Overlooking the importance of updated drivers can cause serious headaches. Not only will your PC refuse to perform the way it should, but you might start troubleshooting for problems that don’t exist. A lot of people have thought that their graphics card was malfunctioning just because they didn’t update their drivers. The performance will often be significantly lower than seen in benchmarks and, understandably, it can seem like your card is bad.

Frequently Asked Questions

#1 Do cpus need drivers?

CPUs do not need drivers to run and process tasks. They are instead supported by the motherboard BIOS (basic input / output system), which do require drivers to be updated and installed.

#2 How to install motherboard drivers?

CPU and GPU go hand in hand, so you can’t buy a first-class GPU and a mediocre CPU and expect stunning performance. That won’t work. Undoubtedly, you can’t be picky if your budget isn’t high enough. Depending on how much you can invest in your setup, your options will range. But assume money is not an issue. In that case, we recommend gravitating toward Intel and its Core i7 and i9 and Ryzen 7 and 9. They will provide sufficient resources to power up your streams and secure a good, flat connection.

#3 What Nvidia driver do I need?

First, navigate to the NVIDIA control panel. Second, click system information, then driver information. You’ll then see the driver information which will tell you your version and will let you know if you need to update your driver.

#4 Does Windows 10 find drivers automatically?

Windows will automatically search for drivers that need updating and new drivers that Windows requires. However, it is up to you to install them so that your computer actually gets them. 

#5 Are drivers necessary for Windows 10?

Yes, drivers are necessary for Windows 10 and some are automatically installed with a new windows update so that the operating system can function better. 


Now you know what drivers your new PC build needs and which ones are the most important. If you’re building a gaming PC, always make sure to update your GPU drivers first; before you even install Steam you should be looking for your new GPU drivers.

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November 13, 2020 5:48 am

We have downloaded drivers to USB drive along with Windows 10, but when trying to install windows, no drivers are found. Windows will not load past this step.

January 20, 2021 10:57 am
Reply to  BW

Did you format your USB stick ?

October 26, 2020 2:05 am

Where are the drivers for MSI gone

August 11, 2020 9:36 pm

guys i nee help. What drivers do i instead for my MSI tomahawk 550 and GTX 1650. It does not have wifi so do i download the lan or should I should i use a WiFi adapter because i wont have access to the modem? arghhh im so confused!!!! Audio driver? they give me a list of what to download but do i have to download all of it?

August 12, 2020 10:57 pm
Reply to  Anthony

just download the chipset driver first. you don’t need the lan driver, just buy a wifi dongle. for the audio driver (also to other drivers), just download the one on top which is the latest. you don’t need to download it all.

July 23, 2020 6:11 am

Thank you so much for you help. I’m trying to build my own gaming pc but I’m hesitating since I don’t know what kind of drivers do I need to install.

Martin F.
Martin F.
January 24, 2020 11:52 pm

This helped me alot! Just built my new computer, and like mentioned above, Windows10 had “all the answers”, but i found this strange because i bought high-end motherboard, graphics card etc, and refuse to belive that. After downloading the new drivers from MSI/Gigabyte etc, my pc runs even better! Thanks alot!

August 11, 2020 9:36 pm
Reply to  Branton

Please help me

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