Re: First Build Ever, Would Like To Avoid Screwing The Pooch
for me I would,
- Boot in to the Bios and Load Optimized Defaults
- Reboot System then go back in to the Bios and make sure the SATA ports are set to AHCI (unless you want to run a RAID, then select RAID)
- Install Windows on the SSD
- - - Just have the SSD connected, save connecting the 1TB HDD until after the OS is installed
- Install all the drivers for the MB
- - - Most of them should had been installed for you, but the common ones that aren't are, Chipset, Video/GPU, USB3.0, Ethernet, Audio... and I install them in that order
- Install IRST
- Once the OS/drivers are Installed, Install the OCZ utility and update the FW of your SSD (this is optional, your drive shouldn't be an initial release if you just got it so the FW on there should be pretty much up to date)
- Open IRST and setup the SDD for cache, prefetch, etc...
- shutdown, then plug in your 1TB drive
- reboot, install windows updates, Win7SP1, etc...
Once everything is running (OS/System items only), use Windows Backup and backup the OS to the 1TB drive before installing any software... I use that as a fall back in case an install goes funny... as you install your games and utilities and everything checks out, then do a final backup... if anything goes screwy you're a simple restore away from a functional system instead of a day or two of re-setting everything up.
Stay away from the Marvell Storage utility, the built in MS driver does a better job for drivers, and it you wan't to run the marvel in a RAID, just configure the raid at bootup... imo that is a small price to pay for speed and reliability.
To Restore your Windows backup you have two options, when windows backup is open, on the top left of the console there is a selection to "Create a System repair Disk", you boot from this disk and then you select repair and it'll search for system backup, it'll find the one on the 1TB disk and then you just follow the prompts...
the second option is to not create a system repair disk, but use your Win7 installation disk... boot from it and when you see the "Install" button, on that screen on the bottom left there is a Repair option there... click on it and then you'll get the same simple prompts to restoring your OS from the 1TB disk.
That's how I pretty much do it... there are always small variants that happen but that's the jist of it.
OS = Win7 64 Bit
CPU = i7-920 @ 3.5Ghz 168x21 cooled ba a Corsair H100
Mem = 6GB 2000Mhz Kingston HyperX running at 2044Mhz @ 9-10-9-27-1T
MB = Gigabyte GA-X58A-UD5 v1.0 with F6 Bios - Dead Board
MB = EVGA X58 Classified3
GPU = 2x EVGA 580GTX 1.5GB in SLI
HD = 3x Intel 40GB X25-V in Raid 0 (580MB Read/140MB Write)
Storage = 500 GB WD
PSU = Corwair TX950W
Case = Cooler Master HAF-X 945
HTPC / Home Server
OS = Win7 64Bit running XBMC HTPC Front end with Windows Server 2011 Virtual Machine with 8GB ram assigned for homer server with exchange
CPU = AMD 1090T
Mem = 16GB 1600Mhz Kingston RED Limited Edition running at 1600Mhz
MB = Gigabyte 790FXTA-UD5
GPU- EVGA GT210
HD = too many to count, but about 5TB of storage all together including backup
PSU = Corsair TX750
Case = Too embarrassed to mention.
Benching MB's... Asus P5Q and Gigabyte 890FXA-UD7... too many CPU's and RAM sticks to list. :)