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    Default Gigabyte GA-X79-UD5 First time build help needed

    Hello,
    This is my first time building a new computer
    from scratch and need some advice.

    First: Here is what I have to work with:

    Motherboard: GA-X79-UD5
    CPU: Intel i7-3820
    Cooling: Corsair H100 twin fan water
    Memory: G.Skill Ripjaw DDR3-1600 PC3-12800 4096MBx4 (16GB)
    Boot Drives: (2 for RAID 0) Plextor M3 SATA 6Gb/s 128MB SSDs
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    PowerSupply: Radmax RX-850 AE 80Plus Gold
    DVD Drive: Asus from Newegg
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    Second: What I am concerned about is where exactly what
    slots I should put the memory in.

    Third: How to Set up the BOOT drive using the two
    Plextor SSDs.

    I am a little lost looking at the Gigabyte GA-X79-UD5
    user's manual. Should the memory go in slots 4,2,1 and 3? It
    is 4 channel Memory.

    Setting up the SSDs in RAID 0 is what I am really lost
    on. Here are the steps I plan on:
    1: Plug the SSD drives on SATA3 0 and SATA3 1
    Intel X79 Controllers at 6Gb/s I hope.
    2: Enter RAID Bios to RAID Mode, reboot
    3: Configure RAID Array and go to main menu and
    Create Volume and select disks.
    4: Do I use a whatever default size for Strip size or
    Should I change it for 2 128Gb SSDs?

    I Should have the RAID set up before I install Windows but
    when do I install the drivers for the chipset. The manual
    says to install the drivers after the operating system.

    I will be posting this in a couple of different forums to
    get a quicker response.
    Thank You all for the help!

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    Default Re: Gigabyte GA-X79-UD5 First time build help needed

    Quote Originally Posted by malanick View Post
    I am a little lost looking at the Gigabyte GA-X79-UD5
    user's manual. Should the memory go in slots 4,2,1 and 3? It
    is 4 channel Memory.
    I can't imagine of a way making it more clear than they did with the table's slot numbers match the position on board.

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    Default Re: Gigabyte GA-X79-UD5 First time build help needed

    just set to raid install windows,windows will install raid drivers for you,you then simply update them later from within windows and install intel rst rapid storage technology drivers and reboot,then press ctrl and i to enter the raid console,as for the ram no idea on that board but the manual with outlay the correct slots and numbers
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    Default Re: Gigabyte GA-X79-UD5 First time build help needed

    The slots are also labeled on the board PCB itself, so all you have to do is check the manual table and see which per the amount of sticks you install.

    Then install them in the same slots as shown in the manual as mentioned above. So, did you get this all setup and running yet?

    YOu have the RAID procedure correct, and you want the largest stripe size (normally 128). You can update chipset drivers and RAID drivers once you install windows, no drivers are needed during the install, but you can optionally install RAID drivers while you install the OS but it's no necessary.

    Download the latest drivers directly from Intel or your motherboard page once you are installed, don't use the CD drivers

    INF Chipset (You want first link - EXE)
    http://downloadcenter.intel.com/Prod...?ProductID=816

    RST (Third link EXE Install in OS)
    http://downloadcenter.intel.com/Sear...age+Technology

    RST Enterprise (Either one, this or above, will work fine for you)
    http://downloadcenter.intel.com/Deta...X79TO&lang=eng


    Or, all are updated (Vs. old on the CD) here for your board, including updated Gigabyte utilities
    GIGABYTE - Motherboard - Socket 2011 - GA-X79-UD5 (rev. 1.0)

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    Default Re: Gigabyte GA-X79-UD5 First time build help needed

    Quote Originally Posted by Lsdmeasap View Post
    The slots are also labeled on the board PCB itself, so all you have to do is check the manual table and see which per the amount of sticks you install.

    Then install them in the same slots as shown in the manual as mentioned above. So, did you get this all setup and running yet?

    YOu have the RAID procedure correct, and you want the largest stripe size (normally 128). You can update chipset drivers and RAID drivers once you install windows, no drivers are needed during the install, but you can optionally install RAID drivers while you install the OS but it's no necessary.

    Download the latest drivers directly from Intel or your motherboard page once you are installed, don't use the CD drivers

    INF Chipset (You want first link - EXE)
    http://downloadcenter.intel.com/Prod...?ProductID=816

    RST (Third link EXE Install in OS)
    http://downloadcenter.intel.com/Sear...age+Technology

    RST Enterprise (Either one, this or above, will work fine for you)
    http://downloadcenter.intel.com/Deta...X79TO&lang=eng


    Or, all are updated (Vs. old on the CD) here for your board, including updated Gigabyte utilities
    GIGABYTE - Motherboard - Socket 2011 - GA-X79-UD5 (rev. 1.0)
    Thanks for the driver info, I will be trying to put it all together this morning.

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    Default Re: Gigabyte GA-X79-UD5 First time build help needed (Now CD/DVD driver missing WIN 7 Install

    Everything booted up but now Windows 7 Pro (System Builders Edition) 64Bit asks for cd/dvd driver. I searched forums and I could only find older posts involving Widows 7 RC. My raid is setup right, tried to set both dvd (ASUS DRW-24B1ST) and RAID array as first boot and same error.

    Please help!!

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    Default Re: Gigabyte GA-X79-UD5 First time build help needed

    Great to hear you got everything built and put together smoothly, and it's nice to hear there was no issues getting started!

    As for the CD/DVD driver issue, this may just be a drive port issue. What hard drives do you have, and what ports do you have them attached to?

    You should connect your OS RAID to SATA3_0 and SATA3_1 - first two white Intel ports, then put your CD/DVD on the last Intel port.

    YOu do not need any drivers during install, for RAID or AHCI, but you can install them optionally if you want. The RAID pre-install drivers are linked above, you can use either one (RST or RST Enterprise), just download the x64 Pre-install F6 driver version and load that during the install when it asks. It shouldn't be asking you though, so that is why I asked about the ports, it sounds like you might have RAID setup on the Marvell ports or something instead of the Intel ports. You don't want that, so be sure you are using the Intel ports (White)

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    Default Re: Gigabyte GA-X79-UD5 First time build help needed

    Quote Originally Posted by Lsdmeasap View Post
    Great to hear you got everything built and put together smoothly, and it's nice to hear there was no issues getting started!

    As for the CD/DVD driver issue, this may just be a drive port issue. What hard drives do you have, and what ports do you have them attached to?

    You should connect your OS RAID to SATA3_0 and SATA3_1 - first two white Intel ports, then put your CD/DVD on the last Intel port.

    YOu do not need any drivers during install, for RAID or AHCI, but you can install them optionally if you want. The RAID pre-install drivers are linked above, you can use either one (RST or RST Enterprise), just download the x64 Pre-install F6 driver version and load that during the install when it asks. It shouldn't be asking you though, so that is why I asked about the ports, it sounds like you might have RAID setup on the Marvell ports or something instead of the Intel ports. You don't want that, so be sure you are using the Intel ports (White)
    I had the SSDs on the intel sata3 0/1 ports. It worked when I loaded the Intel sata drivers when it asked for the CD/DVD drivers.

    Of course nothing ever works just like the manual says. Thank God for everyones help on the Forums!

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    Default Re: Gigabyte GA-X79-UD5 First time build help needed

    On the X79 you do need to load the smaller f6 driver during install. The drives or arrays are not seen till you do. The box where you would normally tell windows where to install is empty till you load those drivers.

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    Default Re: Gigabyte GA-X79-UD5 First time build help needed

    Great to see you got windows installed finally!

    Thanks DooRules, I have X79 but I wasn't aware of that being required now, I guess this is due to the enterpirse drivers being needed? That's probably why I had to change to AHCI when I moved my RAID Set drive over from Z68 to X79 board, I knew something wasn't right! Haha, in all the confusion, I went and ahead and updated to the enterprise drivers, and left in the old RST drivers too, both can be opened and used, so not sure why you can't then remove the enterprise drivers? Do you know of any method to remove them and revert back to the normal RST? I haven't tried yet, but I have heard you cannot and once you do you only get BSOD no matter what you try after removing RSTe drivers.

    See, both installed?


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