SSD and HDD install help


I'm a novice at a custom home build PC. My son requested a More Powerful
PC for his birthday, and we decided to build one together as a project. My question is installing a SSD along with a HDD. Can someone explain the best way to maximize speed and also employ the KISS principle. The motherboard is the BIOSTAR TZ77XE3. The SSD is a Plextor M3 Series PX-256M3 2.5" 256GB SATA III Internal. The HDD is a Western Digital WD5000AZRX.

A Dad possibly over his head....


Supported CPU
CPU Socket TypeLGA 1155CPU TypeCore i7 / i5 / i3 (LGA1155)

North BridgeIntel Z77

Number of Memory Slots4×240pinMemory StandardDDR3 2600(OC)/2400(OC)/2133(OC)/1866(OC)/1600/1333/1066Maximum Memory Supported32GBChannel SupportedDual Channel

Expansion Slots
PCI Express 3.0 x162 (SLi / CFX x8)PCI Express 2.0 x161 @x4PCI Express x12PCI Slots2

Storage Devices
SATA 3Gb/s4SATA 6Gb/s2 x SATA 6Gb/sSATA RAID0/1/5/10

Onboard Video
Onboard Video ChipsetNone

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  1. Not sure what you are referring to as the KISS principle. Basically put the SSD on an Intel Sata3 port, and do not have the other HD hooked up. Install Windows get all the drivers loaded, basically get it exactly like you want it then shut down. Hook up the other HD, and sort out how you want to save files there.

    A 256g ssd is a pretty large one, and personally I would probably install just about all applications there, and just keep media files on the 2nd drive.
  2. ^+1
    And use the tweaks in here to optimize your SSD
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