First PC build - BSOD when installing Windows

I've just built my own PC for the first time, which will be primarily used for photo editing. Everything seems to turn on and work, and my first 2 attempts to install Windows 7 Pro have ended with a BSOD during the "Completing Installation..." step. I've Googled this extensively and have found 2 possible issues:

- Upgrade to the latest BIOS from Gigabyte (not sure how to do this - help?)
- Check memory compatibility with motherboard (done - G.Skill website states that my memory will work with the motherboard)

Given this is my first PC build, I wasn't sure if you are supposed to install drivers before installing Windows. I tried installing Windows before putting the driver CDs in, and now the PC will attempt to boot Windows from the HDD even if I have a driver CD in the optical drive. Right now the PC will attempt to boot Windows but will encounter an error and restart itself continuously unless I press F12 for BIOS. So if I need to install the drivers before Windows, how do I get the PC to read the driver disks?

Details of my build:
HAF 932 Advanced
Gigabyte Z87X-D3H
G.Skill Ripjaws X 1600 -
Sapphire Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition
Corsair TX-650
Seagate 600 series 240gb SSD (HDD where I'm trying to install OS, plugged into SATA 0)
WD Blue 1tb 7200 (secondary, plugged into SATA 1)
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  1. Talking of compatibilty. check the CPU Compatibility with the MOBO, as altough it does boot up, it is still possible that something is throwing it off
  2. Best answer
    There are no bios updates for your motherboard so dont bother, however, it looks like it is a setting in your bios that is causing that problem so, turn on your computer and goto your bios menu (depends on motherboard but probably you will access bios menu by pressing DEL key if its not refer to your motherboards manual for instructions).

    Look for "Load failsafe settings", choose it and Exit and Save after. That should solve your problem.

    The drivers should only be installed after windows is running.
  3. Try setting SATA to IDE in BIOS and see if the installation completes.
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