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All great advice, except the very first point!

Don't defrag your SSD!!!

Also, check msconfig for any random entries at startup that you don't recognise
Really? Why not? (Don't have an SSD so wouldm't know. Wife won;t let me...
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SSD's by design can read any part of the drive as fast as another, so files don't need to be contiguous (sequentially stored)
They also write data according to wear patterns, so as to minimise write-cycles on individual 'blocks'; this is done in the SSD firmware

All a defrag will do is unneccesarily re-write all the data into blocks that it incorrectly thinks will speed up reads! As we know, SSD's have a theoretical write-limit, so unneccesary writes should be avoided. Even if you never reach this 'limit', the SSD can drop into a lower performance mode, to prevent itself from being written on too many times
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SSD's by design can read any part of the drive as fast as another, so files don't need to be contiguous (sequentially stored)
They also write data according to wear patterns, so as to minimise write-cycles on individual 'blocks'; this is done in the SSD firmware

All a defrag will do is unneccesarily re-write all the data into blocks that it incorrectly thinks will speed up reads! As we know, SSD's have a theoretical write-limit, so unneccesary writes should be avoided. Even if you never reach this 'limit', the SSD can drop into a lower performance mode, to prevent itself from being written on too many times
Thanks for the clarification. Yet another advantage of SSD's. Less "maintenance"! Now... how to convince the wifey!
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But will thermal paste work? The only way I can get thermal pads are buy ordering them from from the internets. I don't want to be another week without a computer. Is there a big temperature difference in the pads vs paste?
I'm probably a bit late on this one. With that said, I did quite a study of thermal paste (as I seem to do everything) and learned that Arctic Silver is no longer The One; it has been replaced in quality and performance by Tuniq TX-2.

Regarding pads, all I can say is that I don't know; in one sense I know they are good and that is they eliminate the tendency to overdue the use of thermal compound. Who knows? They may perform as well as Tuniq, though I doubt it.

If you have a Radio Shack nearby, then you have thermal pads. I for one will never use them.

Some shopping advice: Cruise the "malls" first, sourcing product and reading reviews and then buy from Amazon only. Yes, I have bought from NewEgg and Tiger Direct but Amazon usually beats their prices +++ Free Shipping and No Tax. Trust me on that one. My computer lair looks like "Electronics R Us"; and I have bought almost everything from Amazon (plus much, much more) and Never a Problem!
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But will thermal paste work? The only way I can get thermal pads are buy ordering them from from the internets. I don't want to be another week without a computer. Is there a big temperature difference in the pads vs paste?
i used thermal paste on mine and works very good
    
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Okay it looks like this Extreme board apart from being fickle officially has the overheating NB issue. Had an auto safety shut down at 71c today while playing Civilization 5.

While this is bad news for me (annoying more than bad), its good news for you all concerned, as I will take pictures when I fix the issue.

I need a full day to redo the water cooling and things keep coming up one at a time, so my Intel is a slightly pricey paper weight right now.
Edited by RagingCain - 1/8/11 at 8:50am
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Creative software? Which one, ii don't have the cd either for formula

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Okay it looks like this Extreme board apart from being fickle officially has the overheating NB issue.
Oh great. I sure hope this doesn't effect a lot of boards.
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i used thermal paste on mine and works very good
I agree. But please don't be a power-hungry, more-is-better gomer like me. Many of the How To Apply Thermal Compounds on the net are flat-out wrong. Simply put, less is more. In my attempt to follow the instructions that say a little glob in the middle is best, I have pretty much thermal pasted the CPU, the heatsink and much of the "known world".

Right now, I use vinyl gloves and spread the paste with my gloved finger uniformly over the CPU and then (optional) a * sized dot in the middle as suggested by another member of the forum. My more is better attitude in the paste caused many, many problems!

The thermal pads I think are nice in the sense that they represent just how much should be applied and how evenly it should be applied. For what it's worth, the difference between Arctic Silver (in pad form) and Tuniq is probably only noticeable in a laboratory setting. If you like thermal pads, go to Radio Shack. They have them.

With my advanced case of OCD, however, I always go for the "best".
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Creative software? Which one, ii don't have the cd either for formula

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Under utilities (at Asus Downloads), last one on the list, Sound Blaster X-Fi Utility. Nothing really special, just one I took to see what it was. It has another media player and other audio utilities of this type. Useful? User preference again so it's your call if you want it or not.
 
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