My question is, since my games and documents are on a different HDD, when I reinstall windows on my SSD can I plug in the velociraptor and not have to reinstall games? I am not sure if game installs creates things in the C drive even if I pointed the installer to F. Or if there are things in the registry that when I format the SSD will make me have to reinstall everything anyway.
I think that the only thing that you will have to do is make a shortcut on the desktop to point WIndows to where the folder is. A lot of games now have the settings stored in the cloud so that you can reinstall and not lose your status or levels gained.
If your changing MB and cpu then the best way is to reinstall windows with a fresh install. The system image is good to do a reinstall if your keeping the same components because all the parts are the same. If you reinstall from a system image then the OS will be looking for the old cpu and all of the chipsets that were on the old MB. You can do it but it would be more work to get things sorted out.