-Make sure ur SSD is on AHCI mode in bios.
-Disable the disk defrag in window coz it will shorten ur SSD life.
-Disable sleep/hibernate mode in windows so that u have more space.
-Check whether TRIM function is turn ON. http://forum.corsair.com/v3/showthread.php?t=86403
I have answered this exact question too many times - I think I am just going to keep a saved word doc with the details.
Anyways, here's my recommendations:
-Update BIOS to the newest version supported for your motherboard
-Confirm that your SSD is running the latest firmware - may require connecting it to another computer and install a client to push firmware to the drive
-Disconnect any drives other than your SSD and boot drive (DVD/BD/etc.)
-Boot to BIOS and make sure you have AHCI enabled under SATA settings
Install your operating system (preferrably Win7x64 Pro or Ulti but it's your call)
-Once OS is installed, download all appropriate drivers (with Win7, windows update does a pretty good job but check device manager to make sure it didn't miss anything). If your mobo supports Intels RST, download it. The Crucials do not have compatibility issues with Intels RST driver
-Recommend setting the drive to never power off in power settings but it's your drive so do what you want