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I've asked it before and read a lot of threads about this also, but I'm at the point of buying this:

ASUS P8Z68 Deluxe/Gen 3

Crucial M4 256GB


I'm planning on replacing my old faithfull Raptor (only SATA 1...) and use the rest of my sig rig.

I don't want to screw it up so what do I have to do (I will format C and put Win 7 64 Ultimate back)


So:

Install everything. (new mobo etc)

1) Update mobo BIOS

2) Update Crucial Firmware (How? just put as only drive for updating and put other drives back later, right?)

3) Install Windows (which settings? Also use only SSD and later put back other HDD's, right?)

4) Which is the correct SATA driver needed? (please give me correct link as I can't figure out if it's on +ASUS site or is it intel site or...)

5) Intel Rapid Storage Technology?

6) ...?

TRIM? Anything else? Does it need "maintanance", or just use SSD as HDD?


I just don't want to do it wrong and get max performance... (and yes Sean I read your SSD/HDD guid and will do it again and again till I'm 10% sure what I'm doing tongue.gif) --> I did 50 times or 100 times format C or building new setups for lot's of people, but ALWAYS with HDD's...
   
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Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveHard Drive
C: Crucial MX200 250GB D: Caviar Black 2TB E: Spinpoint 750GB F: Raptor 150GB (Ubuntu 12.04 Dual Boot) 
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Q9450 (2.6GHz to 3.8GHz) ASUS 780i Striker II Formula ASUS GTX 470 8Gb (4x2Gb) Dominators 1066MHz DDR2 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
C: Crucial M4 256GB D: 1x Raptor 150Gb & E: + F... ASUS DVD + DVD(RW) Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit ASUS 26" 1080p 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Logitech Corsair 750W Antec 300 Logitech G5 
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A4 paper :D ASUS Cine5 
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Intel i7 something something ASUS N750JV nVidia 750M 2x 4GB DDR3 1600 Kingston 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
C: Crucial MX200 mSATA 250GB + D: WD 1TB 5k4 E:... DVD-RAM DL C: Windows 7 64-bit, E: Linux Elementary OS Luna 17" 1080p 
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Howdy!

IF you are formatting your HDD and reinstalling windows, most of your drivers will be updated automatically. Since you're getting an SSD, I would recommend putting your OS on that instead of an HDD though.

Comments about each of your numbered steps:

1) Good.
2) Go to the crucial website and download the appropriate firmware and flashing tool, but do this after installing windows, in my opinion. I just think it's a hassle otherwise.
3) I'd do this as step two, and if you want to disconnect your other HDD's go for it, but it isn't crucial... so to speak. Hah.
4) The ASUS board will come with an install disc for drivers. USE IT! Or, if you prefer, go to the Asus Support Site and download the most current drivers directly. But definitely obtain these direct from Asus for the easiest process.
5) Hell. No.
6) Have fun!

I don't know how much maintenance these things require, but I've followed the directions in Sean's guide for optimizing Windows 7 for an SSD. I have a Samsung 830 and use their utility to perform automatic drive maintenance occasionally but TRIM is automatically supported on a Windows 7 installation with a TRIM enabled SSD. You don't have to do anything special to make it work I don't THINK, though you may want to confirm that to be sure with a more knowledgeable source.

Hope this helps!
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Originally Posted by RedStapler View Post

Since you're getting an SSD, I would recommend putting your OS on that instead of an HDD though.


By: "I will format C and put Win 7 64 Ultimate back" I mean I will put it on SSD wink.gif

5) Why no IRST?

Howdy to you too wink.gif
   
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i7 2600k 3.4GHz @ 5.2GHz ASUS P8P67 Deluxe (B3) SLi ASUS GTX780Ti DC2OC 16GB (4x 4GB) Vengeance 1866MHz @ 2133MHz 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveHard Drive
C: Crucial MX200 250GB D: Caviar Black 2TB E: Spinpoint 750GB F: Raptor 150GB (Ubuntu 12.04 Dual Boot) 
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Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
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KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
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Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveHard Drive
C: Crucial MX200 250GB D: Caviar Black 2TB E: Spinpoint 750GB F: Raptor 150GB (Ubuntu 12.04 Dual Boot) 
Optical DriveCoolingOSMonitor
ASUS BD Thermalright Silver Arrow Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit Asus PB278Q 2560x1440p 
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Logitech G11 Corsair 1kW Antec 1200 Logitech G600 
Mouse PadAudio
A4 paper :D Logitech Z-5500 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Q9450 (2.6GHz to 3.8GHz) ASUS 780i Striker II Formula ASUS GTX 470 8Gb (4x2Gb) Dominators 1066MHz DDR2 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
C: Crucial M4 256GB D: 1x Raptor 150Gb & E: + F... ASUS DVD + DVD(RW) Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit ASUS 26" 1080p 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Logitech Corsair 750W Antec 300 Logitech G5 
Mouse PadAudio
A4 paper :D ASUS Cine5 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel i7 something something ASUS N750JV nVidia 750M 2x 4GB DDR3 1600 Kingston 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
C: Crucial MX200 mSATA 250GB + D: WD 1TB 5k4 E:... DVD-RAM DL C: Windows 7 64-bit, E: Linux Elementary OS Luna 17" 1080p 
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