I was wandering Since most of my hardware is new and I am using windows 8 pro with my Asus Z77 MB.
I remember using and old Intel MB awhile back I think it was a G33 chipset and I guess it was not compatible with some of my hardware and software So I Did my first BIOS update ever and then the PC would not boot up anymore.
The only way to know for sure your motherboard make is to pop off the side panel or open the case and take a peek.
(Figure A) Look for the manufacturer, model number and a revision number.
It is the first code that is executed at start-up and defines the way your motherboard will communicate with the system hardware components.If there's a power cut, or the computer gets turned off while updating, it could mean that it's unable to boot at all.For this reason, it's worth checking whether you really need to update your BIOS.In some rare instances, a BIOS update can fix a motherboard issue that might make your computer perform better, but it’s usually not related to speed.For example, a BIOS update may help solve an overheating issue.