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New SSD System, L4 tweak/assembly/settings tips, total newb here

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October 13, 2012 4:44:36 PM

Here's my new rig (Windows 7, 64-bit):

CPU: i3-2100 @ 3.10ghz
MOBO: ASRock H77M Micro ATX
RAM: G.SKILL Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800)
GRAPHICS: XFX Radeon HD 7850 1GB
HDD: WD Caviar Blue 500GB 7200RPM
SSD: Kingston HyperX 3K 120 GB SATA III
Case: NZXT Source 210 Elite
PSU: CORSAIR CX430 V2
OPTICAL: Lite-On iHAS124-04

Anyway, I heard something about RAID 0 caching set up, can my system support this?

I'm looking for the best way to set this up to take full advantage of the technology/speed in SSD.

Also, on top of the 500GB internal listed here, I also have a 1.5TB external hard drive just sitting around somewhere.

Thanks.
a c 81 G Storage
October 13, 2012 5:45:35 PM

With win7 there is nothing to worry about! Switch to AHCI mode in bios and install windows. It will do everything automatically.
October 13, 2012 7:30:16 PM

Do I install windows 7 on the SSD before I even attach the hard drive?
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a c 81 G Storage
October 14, 2012 10:57:47 AM

Yes! Otherwise there is a risk that windows installs the boot manager on the HDD. That happens if the HDD is the first disk recognized by the bios. After installation, attach the HDD, goto disk management, create a partition and format it.
October 14, 2012 2:08:55 PM

i only have 120gb on the ssd .. what type of programs should I install on it and what type of stuff should i keep on the hdd?
a c 81 G Storage
October 14, 2012 2:39:50 PM

What program do you use? I have only a 60GB SSD and win7, M$ Office and all the other stuff on it. :) 
Just make sure, you move your "my documents" folder to the HDD: right click on it in explorer, goto properties and the path tab.
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