I'm putting a system together this coming weekend and its going to be my first with an SSD. I want Windows 7 Ultimate on the SSD but i'm not sure what else should go there. This is a computer for my daughter who happens to be a gamer. I heard STEAM should be on the SSD but if if I do that, do that means all the STEAM games are going automatically to the SSD when you download a game? My HDD is a 600gb velociraptor. Should all the utilities be in the SSD?
OS, and some games)that you use the most) on the SSD. Everything else on the HDD. I haven't found many games that actually benefit from being on an ssd(except for load times). I use Steam Mover to move games I am currently playing onto the ssd for a month or so, and then move it back. If you install Steam to the SSD, then Steam will install all games on the SSD, so I wouldn't do this unless you only have a few games. http://www.traynier.com/software/steammover
Your Steam games are installed where you install steam, so yes your games will go onto your SSD which will take up space and could be costly for a large size drive. I would say get a 60Gb SSD install Windows 7, Anti-virus (Please be using a paid version, not free stuff), and a few other programs that doesn't store files (i.e. games etc) to it. Also you can get a second SSD as a cache for your Velociraptor to improve speeds etc. Hopefully others will give in some more input.