Thanx for the headsup! My win 7 Ultimate has SP1 slipstreamed as well as all the updates up to 3/09/11. I will download the latest drivers from Asus, tho.
I'm not familiar with installing a drive in AHCI mode tho. I know it's a bios setting, but is there a specific method, or just install as usual?
Oh!! And, I have two storage partitions (plus the primary) on this drive from a 32 bit XP OS. If I install the drive as you say am I going to render those partitions unreadable? I absolutely NEED the data on those parts.
Okay, if I understand completely, I just make sure the bios is set to see the drive as AHCI and win 7 will install the OSD accordingly. And, the data on the other two partitions will still be available, as well as the data on the second drive. The second drive should be installed as AHCI also? Or, being a data storage drive I should need not do anything but plug it in?
Just want to post back as a followup and let everyone know how this build worked out. Happy to say that all went well, it's running perfectly smooth on Win 7 Ult 64 bit, and that monster coolermaster heatsink is awesome. Had to do some surgery on the case to get it in there, but with an ambient temp of around 85*F the CPU shows up at 32*C in the bios! Plus, I have the PSU fans and two other 120mm fans in the case and the thing is nearly silent.
Thank you for the assistance and guidance in this project! I still don't understand all the stuff in this bios, but being able to use a mouse to tweak is a plus, and just pressing a button that says performance seems to work very well.
The system performance in windows looks impressive to me, but I have never used this before. I'm showing a few 7.3 scores, a couple of 7.8 scores and the hard drive is a 5.9 which is to expected. If I can teach this thing to cook for me now I'll be a happy old man!