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Old October 29, 2010, 03:57 PM
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I'm about to build my rig this week end. The specs are:
Case - Coolermaster ATCS840
Power Supply - Corsair FX850W
MB - Gigabyte GA-X58A-UD7
CPU - Intel i7 930
CPU Cooler - Noctua C12PSE14
RAM - Corsair Dominator 6GB TR3X6G1600C8D G
SSD - Vertex 2
HDD - 2 x Samsung F3 Spinpoint 2 TB
Optical - Samsund BD803
Video - Sappihire HD5770
Sound Card - Auzentech XFi Prelude
Speakers - Logitech ZD5500
Keyboard/ Mouse - Logitech 5000

I'm a bit confused on the order to install the software. I plan to do this:
Boot PC and Upgrade Gigabyte Board BIOS with Q-flash.
Update OCZ SSD firmware using Win 7 recovery disc.
Install Win 7 64 bit
Install Intel software installation utility
Update Intel RST driver
Install all other software
Tweak Win 7 for SSD
Take an image

Could i please have some feedback on this "Master Plan"

Ta

Rob (in Oz)
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Old October 29, 2010, 08:58 PM
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Your plan will work, but a couple of things I'd like to mention. The BIOS flash of the mobo probably isn't necessary, and could be left until after Windows install. Also, OCZ's firmware updates come on their own .iso which can be burned to a CD/DVD, so no recovery disc should be needed. Make sure your SSD is the only drive connected while installing Windows. And don't forget to move your page file to a HDD.
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Old October 30, 2010, 01:56 AM
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sodaville,

I'm using the sound-card and speakers in my current set up. The combination is wonderful. I couldn't think of a better set up so they are moving across to the new rig.

SugarJ,

I'll delay the BIOS until after the W7 install. I haven't seen the OCZ firmware as an iso. I'll go look

Thank you for your responses gents.


Rob
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Old October 30, 2010, 03:51 PM
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Gents,

I am plugging the OCZ SSD in to the board on SATA_0 and the HDD's on SATA_1 and SATA_2 sockets. These will use the Intel ICH10R chip.
I'm not sure where the Optical drive should plug in. I am thinking it should be on the SATA2 3Gb/s sockets....SATA_8. This will also use the Intel chip.

Your advice please.

Robbie
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Old November 4, 2010, 11:40 AM
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looks like a well picked parts for your rig
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