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I have just check all my components on my motherboard( pre check or Post) and entered the Bios for the first time, all components working. I made a Bios Flashback so I have the latest Bios for my motherboard.
Now I wish to make a Memtest 86+ on my Ram, first at stock value 1600 MHZ, then at XMP - 2133 MHZ. ( prior to installing OS)
My question is considering my components, which is the best choice for my Boot and OS ( No OS installed yet) and what is the best usage of SSD, HDD, in my case (my set up below). I am guessing SSD would be the faster boot and was planning the 120GB is this enough for OS? Or would it be better with the 240GB? what are the best options with my set up for SSD and HDD. ( I will maybe get a second 240GB to do a RAID later)
Second question Which OS?
I have been using Windows 7 Home Premium , But in 2015 Windows 7 is 5 years old and like all Microsoft's OS stops getting updates after 5, unfortunately.
I have heard such conflicting reports good and bad about Windows 8, 8.1 Is it worth going for ?

My set up: Asus Maximus VI Formula, CPU: Intel Core i7 4770K, GPU: EVGA GTX 780 Ti,
RAM:Corsair Vengeance Pro 2x8 GB 2133 MHZ, SSD: Corsair Neutron GTX 240GB, Corsair Neutron GTX 120GB, HDD: W/D. Black 3 TB, PSU Corsair AX 860i
thank guys
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I have just check all my components on my motherboard( pre check or Post) and entered the Bios for the first time, all components working. I made a Bios Flashback so I have the latest Bios for my motherboard.
Now I wish to make a Memtest 86+ on my Ram, first at stock value 1600 MHZ, then at XMP - 2133 MHZ. ( prior to installing OS)
My question is considering my components, which is the best choice for my Boot and OS ( No OS installed yet) and what is the best usage of SSD, HDD, in my case (my set up below). I am guessing SSD would be the faster boot

 

Yeah, if you have a solid state drive and a mechanical drive and if that solid state drive has a capacity of at LEAST ~30 GB, then it would actually be quite stupid to install the operating system to the mechanical drive - it would be a waste of money.

 

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and was planning the 120GB is this enough for OS? Or would it be better with the 240GB?

 

It all depends on what you want to have installed on C:. Even a ~30 GB drive is enough for Windows 7 x64. However, with a 120 GB solid state drive and a 240 GB solid state drive, I would use the 240 GB for C: and the 120 GB for D:. Then, install everything that you can to the 240 GB and whatever doesn't fit, put that stuff on the 120 GB.

 

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what are the best options with my set up for SSD and HDD. ( I will maybe get a second 240GB to do a RAID later)

 

Then, with the hard drives, just use those for anything you want - anything that won't fit on your 240 GB or 120 GB solid state drives. This can be anything, especially music and movies if you do that sort of thing (I don't, or, I don't do it to the extent of some people who put all of their music and all of their movies on their computer - I only have a few hundred MP3s and that's it).

 

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Second question Which OS?
I have been using Windows 7 Home Premium , But in 2015 Windows 7 is 5 years old and like all Microsoft's OS stops getting updates after 5, unfortunately.
I have heard such conflicting reports good and bad about Windows 8, 8.1 Is it worth going for ?

 

I am partial to Windows 7 myself and to be honest, I couldn't care less that Windows 7 will stop getting updates sometime in 2015. I hate Windows Update anyway and I never use it once I'm done setting up a fresh installation, so yeah. Besides, after 5 years, I think the only updates it can get are critical updates - which are really the only ones I care about when I format and start over anyway. Until Microsoft comes out with a better OS than Windows 7, I'll keep using it just like how some people are still using XP today. I refuse to use that disaster for desktops called Windows 8. It's great on tablets, but not for desktops. lol I've seen claims that 8.1 remedies this, but not to 100% satisfaction. I shouldn't have to use third-party apps just to give me what I have in Windows 7.
 

Besides, I've been using Windows 7 since July of 2009, back when the official Release Candidate was available. I was hooked as soon as I began using it, and I was coming straight for Windows XP. Sure, I was like a deer in headlights for a while at first, but today.... damn. Windows 7 to me is the best OS that Microsoft has ever made.

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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i5-2500K @ 4.5GHz (1.368-1.384V fixed voltage) ASUS P8P67 EVO B3 (UEFI ver. 1850) GTX 780 ASUS DirectCU II (1228 / 6300, 1.180V) G.SKILL Ripjaws X 8GB (2 x 4GB) 1866MHz, CL9 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveOptical Drive
250 GB Samsung 840 EVO (C:\) 250 GB Samsung 840 EVO (D:\) 150 GB WD VelociRaptor Samsung SH-S243N 24x DVD Burner 
Optical DriveCoolingOSMonitor
Samsung SH-S203N 20X DVD Burner Thermaltake Frio Win 7 Home Premium x64 SP1 Retail AOC G2460PG (24" 1920 x 1080 144Hz G-SYNC) 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Filco Majestouch 104-key Cherry MX Blues w/NKRO Corsair HX650 (Bronze, ordered on 12-12-2009) CM 690 Intellimouse Optical (1.1A) 1000Hz polling rate 
Mouse PadAudioAudio
Basic, but premium round X-Fi Titanium HD Klipsch ProMedia 2.1 (with 16 AWG Monster Cable... 
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
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Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveOptical Drive
250 GB Samsung 840 EVO (C:\) 250 GB Samsung 840 EVO (D:\) 150 GB WD VelociRaptor Samsung SH-S243N 24x DVD Burner 
Optical DriveCoolingOSMonitor
Samsung SH-S203N 20X DVD Burner Thermaltake Frio Win 7 Home Premium x64 SP1 Retail AOC G2460PG (24" 1920 x 1080 144Hz G-SYNC) 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Filco Majestouch 104-key Cherry MX Blues w/NKRO Corsair HX650 (Bronze, ordered on 12-12-2009) CM 690 Intellimouse Optical (1.1A) 1000Hz polling rate 
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Yeah, if you have a solid state drive and a mechanical drive and if that solid state drive has a capacity of at LEAST ~30 GB, then it would actually be quite stupid to install the operating system to the mechanical drive - it would be a waste of money.


It all depends on what you want to have installed on C:. Even a ~30 GB drive is enough for Windows 7 x64. However, with a 120 GB solid state drive and a 240 GB solid state drive, I would use the 240 GB for C: and the 120 GB for D:. Then, install everything that you can to the 240 GB and whatever doesn't fit, put that stuff on the 120 GB.


Then, with the hard drives, just use those for anything you want - anything that won't fit on your 240 GB or 120 GB solid state drives. This can be anything, especially music and movies if you do that sort of thing (I don't, or, I don't do it to the extent of some people who put all of their music and all of their movies on their computer - I only have a few hundred MP3s and that's it).


I am partial to Windows 7 myself and to be honest, I couldn't care less that Windows 7 will stop getting updates sometime in 2015. I hate Windows Update anyway and I never use it once I'm done setting up a fresh installation, so yeah. Besides, after 5 years, I think the only updates it can get are critical updates - which are really the only ones I care about when I format and start over anyway. Until Microsoft comes out with a better OS than Windows 7, I'll keep using it just like how some people are still using XP today. I refuse to use that disaster for desktops called Windows 8. It's great on tablets, but not for desktops. lol I've seen claims that 8.1 remedies this, but not to 100% satisfaction. I shouldn't have to use third-party apps just to give me what I have in Windows 7.

 
Besides, I've been using Windows 7 since July of 2009, back when the official Release Candidate was available. I was hooked as soon as I began using it, and I was coming straight for Windows XP. Sure, I was like a deer in headlights for a while at first, but today.... damn. Windows 7 to me is the best OS that Microsoft has ever made.

TwoCables, thanks a lot for your recommendations and thoughts, much appreciated.
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TwoCables, thanks a lot for your recommendations and thoughts, much appreciated.

 

You're very welcome, Megabit!

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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i5-2500K @ 4.5GHz (1.368-1.384V fixed voltage) ASUS P8P67 EVO B3 (UEFI ver. 1850) GTX 780 ASUS DirectCU II (1228 / 6300, 1.180V) G.SKILL Ripjaws X 8GB (2 x 4GB) 1866MHz, CL9 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveOptical Drive
250 GB Samsung 840 EVO (C:\) 250 GB Samsung 840 EVO (D:\) 150 GB WD VelociRaptor Samsung SH-S243N 24x DVD Burner 
Optical DriveCoolingOSMonitor
Samsung SH-S203N 20X DVD Burner Thermaltake Frio Win 7 Home Premium x64 SP1 Retail AOC G2460PG (24" 1920 x 1080 144Hz G-SYNC) 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Filco Majestouch 104-key Cherry MX Blues w/NKRO Corsair HX650 (Bronze, ordered on 12-12-2009) CM 690 Intellimouse Optical (1.1A) 1000Hz polling rate 
Mouse PadAudioAudio
Basic, but premium round X-Fi Titanium HD Klipsch ProMedia 2.1 (with 16 AWG Monster Cable... 
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It's a computer!
(19 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i5-2500K @ 4.5GHz (1.368-1.384V fixed voltage) ASUS P8P67 EVO B3 (UEFI ver. 1850) GTX 780 ASUS DirectCU II (1228 / 6300, 1.180V) G.SKILL Ripjaws X 8GB (2 x 4GB) 1866MHz, CL9 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveOptical Drive
250 GB Samsung 840 EVO (C:\) 250 GB Samsung 840 EVO (D:\) 150 GB WD VelociRaptor Samsung SH-S243N 24x DVD Burner 
Optical DriveCoolingOSMonitor
Samsung SH-S203N 20X DVD Burner Thermaltake Frio Win 7 Home Premium x64 SP1 Retail AOC G2460PG (24" 1920 x 1080 144Hz G-SYNC) 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Filco Majestouch 104-key Cherry MX Blues w/NKRO Corsair HX650 (Bronze, ordered on 12-12-2009) CM 690 Intellimouse Optical (1.1A) 1000Hz polling rate 
Mouse PadAudioAudio
Basic, but premium round X-Fi Titanium HD Klipsch ProMedia 2.1 (with 16 AWG Monster Cable... 
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