Intel Management Engine Components (I prefer to use the Microsoft Drivers, since I do not use this for anything) Intel TurboBoost Technology Monitor (2.0) & Driver : Use the version on the Driver Disc through the Asus Installer Application. Only known way of installing the driver portion. Web download versions reports error on installation.
The last 5 digits of the NVIDIA driver as reported in the Display Adapter Properties in Device Manager is how the driver version is typically reported. Version 285.62 is probably the most stable. There have been a few "Pink Screen/lockup" issues reported for the 296.16 version recommended by Live Update. If you want the most recent version to most likely cause no issues, then 285.62 should be your choice. If you want to shoot for somewhat better performance in some of the latest games at the expense of possibly encountering a problem, then 296.16 is the way to go.
301.42 is just recently released. Even though it is WHQL and not a BETA driver, it is still a relatively unknown quantity. If I were going to install it, I recommend getting it directly from the NVIDIA site. I would also wait for the NVIDIA forum to post an official feedback thread for 301.42 and monitor it to see what kind of issues are reported by those who have already installed it - could save you some trouble.
In either case, I recommend downloading the driver ZIP file and extracting it yourself (rather than using Live Update). Launch Windows System Restore and create a Restore Point prior to upgrading your NVIDIA driver. This way, if something goes awry, you can easily restore back to that point to UNDO your problem driver installation.
I also recommend booting into Safe Mode prior to the video driver installation. This will disable 3rd Party drivers (such as Antivirus drivers) which may interfere with your video driver installation. Choose to install the NVIDIA driver as a "Custom Install" and then check the "Clean Install" checkbox. This will remove your current NVIDIA driver and give you the greatest chance of installation success.
CapnKirk wrote: install the chipset first though. and that never seems to work right... great power.but its the software that kills the machine. is there a click setup.exe chipset file other than the interactive?
The chipset should always be installed right after Windows, before drivers and optional apps. I'm not sure what you're asking about the chipset installer....are you having trouble getting it to install properly?