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I read a bit of sean's HDD optimization guide for Windows 8. I plan on buidling a new rig. It will most probably consist of:

Processor: core i7 3770k
Mobo: Gigabyte Ga-Z77-D3H
RAM: Corsair Vengeance 16 GB (4GB x 4)
HDD: Western Digital Caviar Black 2TB WD2002FAEX (already purchased)
Graphics: Gigabyte GV-N680SO-2GD
CPU Cooler: CM Hyper 212 EVO

For regular backups I plan on using the WD My Passport 1 TB.

I'd like my system to be performance oriented for games but I also have to use Microsft Office for work. I haven't used Windows 8 or 7 yet. I'm still on XP. In my current system I've turned off system restore and some other services which I don't need in order to free up every last bit of memory and lighten the load on the processor.

My first question is, why shoud the AHCI SATA mode be enabled?

I'm still reading through the guide so I might post new questions as I read.
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Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
Western Digital Caviar Black Intel 530 Series SSD 240GB LITEON 24X iHAS524 Cooler Master Nepton 280L 
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Corsair Obsidian 750D A4Tech 
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AHCI stands for Advanced Host Controller Interface. It makes Native Command Queuing (NCQ) along with hot-plugging or hot swapping through SATA Serial-ATA host controllers possible. NCQ is one of the important features of AHCI for SSDs. SSDs can process requests faster than HDDs. It can process so fast that the SSD could end up waiting for work. NCQ allows the OS/controller to request up to 32 simultaneous requests at once. Also, it allows HDDs to gather data more efficiently as well. So you basically get more performance from your drive over older IDE mode.
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thanx
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Core i7 3770K @ 4.2GHz 1.26V Gigabyte GA-Z77-D3H MSI GTX 780Ti Gaming OC Edition Corsair Vengeance 16GB CMZ16GX3M4A1600C9 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
Western Digital Caviar Black Intel 530 Series SSD 240GB LITEON 24X iHAS524 Cooler Master Nepton 280L 
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
Windows 10 Proffessional 64-bit Dell ST2420L HP Corsair HX1050 
CaseMouse
Corsair Obsidian 750D A4Tech 
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Core i7 3770K @ 4.2GHz 1.26V Gigabyte GA-Z77-D3H MSI GTX 780Ti Gaming OC Edition Corsair Vengeance 16GB CMZ16GX3M4A1600C9 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
Western Digital Caviar Black Intel 530 Series SSD 240GB LITEON 24X iHAS524 Cooler Master Nepton 280L 
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
Windows 10 Proffessional 64-bit Dell ST2420L HP Corsair HX1050 
CaseMouse
Corsair Obsidian 750D A4Tech 
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