Would it be better to use the 64GB SSD purely for my OS or follow the Mobo manual to set up the Intel Smart Response Technology? The ISRT setup involves placing Win 7 x64 on a HD while using the SSD as a cache. I was originally planning on installing the OS on the SSD and using the HDs as file storage.
What is the best route to take?
PS: I've never setup an SSD before however I am somewhat familiar with setting up and managing multiple hard drive systems.
The Intel SRT is a great thing if you have a small SSD (20-40gb) and use it as the cache for the larger hdd. As you get to the larger size SSD's it becomes a waste to have it as a cache and you are better off putting the OS directly onto the SSD. You will have to pay attention to space but you can load all of the data you can onto the larger hdd. If you diable hibernation and move the page file to the other hdd that will also free up space on the SSD.