How should I configure my hard drive on boot?

I know many variables are associated with this question, but my main focus is that I know that there is a list of choices to configure my hdd like raid and such, but which should i choose?

Those are all my parts, plz reply quickly, and is it better to put my os on a ssd and is it really that beneficial?
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  2. Well you can't set up RAID anyway with just a single hard drive (according to your parts list), that much I do know, but RAID configuration is not my area of expertise anyway so you'll need to seek advise from another member regarding that.

    As for using an SSD to install Windows on, that's what most people use an SSD for, since the system will boot in to Windows in a fraction of the time it takes when it's installed on a traditional hard drive. Any applications or games that are installed on the SSD will open faster too, though you'll need to take care not to install too much on an SSD as it's capacity is most likely going to be much lower than the average hard drive on account of the relatively high cost per gigabyte.
  3. The trend lately seems to be putting windows on a small "ish" SSD, and then using a larger drive to store most everything else.

    Unless you have multiple and Identical drives, raid is useless.
  4. like what option do i pick when i first boot up the build, because i saw in a vid like, their options that tell u how u wanna set up yur hdd or ssd, or is it automatic? and does anyone know where i can get some TRUSTED RESPONSIBLE to put it together
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    Usually you will have three main options for the SATA Mode: IDE Emulation, AHCI (that's the real device type for SATA drives), or RAID. You should NOT set it to RAID unless you know you will use drives that way, and clearly you do not plan to. The "IDE Emulation" mode is only for use with Windows XP, which does not have its own "built-in" driver for AHCI devices. Assuming you are going to install Win 7 or 8, set this option to AHCI.
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