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So in the SATA config in BIOS ... I assume I just leave it on AHCI mode then ? and don't need a RAID mode ?

And since I'm still within 30 days of owning the SSD and can return it, should I option for doing so and upgrading to 120-128 GB SSD ? I only settled for the 64 GB because of its price coupled with the 64GB limitation of the SmartRT caching.
   
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So in the SATA config in BIOS ... I assume I just leave it on AHCI mode then ? and don't need a RAID mode ?

And since I'm still within 30 days of owning the SSD and can return it, should I option for doing so and upgrading to 120-128 GB SSD ? I only settled for the 64 GB because of its price coupled with the 64GB limitation of the SmartRT caching.
Yeah leave it in AHCI.
If you don't mind returning your ssd and getting a larger one I do recommend it. I used to use a 60GB but it was to small for me. With the 120GB in my desktop I have about 40GB to spare, and I have SCII, BC2 and a handful of other large games installed. I think it is the way to go.
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If you have the funds I would do a larger SSD. I use an Intel 320 160Gb drive as my OS drive and 2 x 2Tb in RAID1 as my storage drive. I also have a WD 256Gb SSD that I got lucky and picked up on a Newegg shell shocker for $200 that I put my games on. You will not notice the difference between a SATAII and SATAIII drive for everyday stuff. I went from two C300 in RAID0 to the Intel drive and cannot see the difference unless I do a bench on them. As far as the RAID versus ACHI, either will work. Mine is set to RAID just because of my storage drive. ACHI is supposed to give you a few more monitoring features, but trim works on the single drive even though the controller is set to RAID because the SSD is not in RAID.
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Well all my parts have now arrived so let the building begin!




There will also be a T-Balancer bigNG fan controller and some components from Performance PCs for the custom length sleeved power cables to come later to complete the build.

So right now just excited to start working on it and get it up and running
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Well all my parts have now arrived so let the building begin!




There will also be a T-Balancer bigNG fan controller and some components from Performance PCs for the custom length sleeved power cables to come later to complete the build.

So right now just excited to start working on it and get it up and running
Looks great! Have fun with the build.

Ohh out of curiosity... Do you plan on XFire in the not to distant future? Because if not the AX850 is very unnecessary.
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Well all my parts have now arrived so let the building begin!

There will also be a T-Balancer bigNG fan controller and some components from Performance PCs for the custom length sleeved power cables to come later to complete the build.

So right now just excited to start working on it and get it up and running
Wow that's quite the build you have there! $600 in SSD's!
I look forward to seeing it all assembled!
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Does anyone know how many ram slots the Noctua NH-C14 will cover?
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Hey Craker! Welcome to the Fractal Design Define Mini owners club!
Maybe you want to change 2 of your 12cm Noctua fans to 14cm for the case has two places for setting up either 12cm or 14cm fans: One is in the left side panel roughly over the vga card/cpu heatsink and one is on top. There's a fan control delivered with a wiring for three fans and some space for it over the vga card in the backside of the case.

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1. BIOS Update
2. Setting up the BIOS with all wanted devices on or off
3. If you have someone with MSDN access than get you a Win 7 DVD with integrated SP1 and put it on an 4gb USB stick, the fastest way to get Win 7 installed
4. After OS installation, FIRST install the Intel Chipset Driver software
5. With SSD usage, better stick to the MSAHCI driver and let the Intel RST(SATA) driver off your system
6. Setup D: with the Win Harddisk manager and move all of your personal directories to the larger magenetic HD D:
7. Install all remaining drivers so that you get a clean Win device manager without unknown devices
8. install all Windows Updates
9. When you finished everything, use Acronis or similar to make a nice image of your system drive without further software, just a clean Win7 installation with all device drivers on it.
10. now feel free to go on: I've ran some benchmarks and burn in tests first and then all important remaining software installation on D:\\program files, D:\\games and so on
11. enjoy being always the one with the smallest ping on almost every BC2 server in europe ... errrrrrr, that was me, sorry.
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Anyone using ASUS Fan Xpert?
Is it good for controlling PWM fans connected to the MB? Are they also controllable from the UEFI BIOS?
I plan on connecting all fans to the MB, and get rid of my Gatewatch...
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Ohh out of curiosity... Do you plan on XFire in the not to distant future? Because if not the AX850 is very unnecessary.
Yep, at some stage I may plan to add a second 6970 (maybe even with in the next month). Even if I don't I like to have the extra head room there just incase I do decide to do something different down the track. Having options are good

Currently have 2x 24" Dells and am looking at moving to 3x 27" Dells by the end of the year so the second 6970 should help in this regard I am thinking.

But right now the single 6970 wil be HUGE upgrade over my current 9800 GTX



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Wow that's quite the build you have there! $600 in SSD's!
I look forward to seeing it all assembled!
Thank you I wish it was only $600 worth of SSDs. Living in Australia I paid just a little bit more than that Is crazy really, given that at the moment our dollar is a little bit stronger than yours.

Also incase your wondering one SSD, the 256GB will be my boot drive for OS and programs. The second SSD, the 128GB will be for games and then I have a 2TB Seagate there also for data storage.

Overkill on the SSDs? Maybe, but once again I like having the extra head room to grow and change down the track, also not stressing about running out of disk space is always a good thing too



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Hey Craker! Welcome to the Fractal Design Define Mini owners club!
Maybe you want to change 2 of your 12cm Noctua fans to 14cm for the case has two places for setting up either 12cm or 14cm fans: One is in the left side panel roughly over the vga card/cpu heatsink and one is on top. There's a fan control delivered with a wiring for three fans and some space for it over the vga card in the backside of the case.
Haha, tyvm Woschdsubbn. So far I have been very impressed with the Fractal Design case, it's a beauty!

I did look at putting in a few 140mm in, but they would not fit where I wanted them. 2 in the front and 1 in the back. I don't plan on using the side one at all and at this stage I am not going to use the top slot either.

So 2x 120mm Noctua's in the front, 1x 120mm in the back and 1x 120mm in the bottom slot as an intake to draw even more cool air in to the GPU.

Depending on how temps go with all that I may decide to add another 140mm exhaust in the top.

The addition of the included fan controller is great. However I will be using a T-Balancer bigNG to control my fans. But the Fractal Design controller may just find it's way in to another rig somewhere
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