This question has been asked probably a thousand times before but I just want to make sure I don't make a mistake and its done right.
I have this system here:
CPU - Intel Core i7-950 Bloomfield 3.06GHz LGA 1366
Motherboard - Asus Sabertooth X58
RAM - G.SKILL Ripjaws Series DDR3 1600MHz - PART #: F3-12800CL9T-12GBRL
Graphics Card - EVGA GeForce GTX 560 Ti FPB 1024MB GDDR5 (01G-P3-1561-KR)
Power Supply - Corsair Professional Series HX850 Modular 850 Watt 80PLUS Silver Certified Power Supply (CMPSU-850HX)
Case - Cooler Master HAF X
HeatSink - Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus 4 Heat Pipes CPU Cooler
Generic CD/DVD Burner.
I am planning to install this SSD here: Corsair Force Series Sata 3 Solid State Drive 120 GB Part Number: CSSD-F120GB3-BK
I currently have the drive connected to the SSD Marvell Serial ATA 6.0 Gb/s (White Colored Connectors) on the Sabertooth X58.
First I need to know:
1) Is the SSD connected correctly. I have been told by some to connect it to the ICH10R Serial ATA 3.0 Gb/s (Black Colored Connectors) instead first. After doing the install of Windows 7 to move it back to the Marvell Serial ATA 6.0 Gb/s.
I was told to do this because one person said they got 3 to 4 blue screens on their Sabertooth x58 when trying to install Windows on the Marvell Serial ATA 6.0 Gb/s connector. Only once this person connected their SSD to the ICH10R Serial ATA 3.0 Gb/s they had no problems and simply switched the connectors back to Marvell Serial ATA 6.0 Gb/s after the installation was finished.
2) Other then going into the BIOS and ensuring AHCI mode is enabled before installation is there anything else I need to do before installing Windows 7 Professional 64 bit?
AHCI mode and the Intel SATA II controller will give you reliable good performance.
The Marvell 9128 controller has issues with many SandForce based SSDs. I would probably do the install on an Intel SATA II port and then see how it does on the Marvell port.
Just make a System Repair Disk after doing the install in case you need it to correct the srp data. And, IIRC the Marvell controller has a separate sata mode setting that you would need to set to AHCI.
If it is then should I make the System Repair Disk after I have all my drivers and programs installed (Games, Mobo Drivers, Graphics Card Drives, etc) or make it as soon as the installer has completed and I am in Windows 7?
I would keep a back of anything you put on that drive. Myself along with 30+ pages of post on the same thread on corsairs forums have had loads of issues with the force 3 drives. There are many post on here with people having issues as well. Personally I would not even consider them as a vendor if looking for an SSD.
That being said, seems like you've got everything in line to get going. Install Windows and hope you never see a bluescreen, and the drive last longer then 3 months.