Now, I need to know what exactly to tell the NCIX builders to make sure that my computer is in complete working order when I go pick it up.
I am thinking of letting them know to make sure that all the parts look fine and there is no physical defect in them, from the case to the fans to the computer components,
To connect the 3 fans to the fan controller,
To put both the 1TB HDD and 128GB SSD at the bottom HDD cage, with the 1TB at the bottom and SSD at the top (or should I get them to leave a gap in the middle between them?),
To have the DVD writer at the top of the drive bays,
To connect the CM Hyper 212 EVO with the fan exhausting to the back of the case through the rear exhaust fan,
To have all cables managed into the back of the case with zip ties and all that,
To install the SSD with Windows 7 that I bought with and have all the proper configurations for SSD,
To have my computer in complete working order and it functions as it should with no grinding noises or any abnormal noises,
To have all the cables needed to connect my computer and start it up,
Anything else to add? I am kind of being picky but I want to make sure, as much as possible, that I don't have to RMA or exchange any of my computer components after I get it home and start it up. Would the NCIX peeps know about the proper SSD configurations or how to install Windows 7 on a SSD properly?
I was looking at this link in regards to SSD optimization:
I'll just post what he said here:
** SSD optimization tips:
There are some extra work you have to do to ensure full performance on your SSD.
- Plug SSD SATA cable to a SATA III port on the motherboard. Plugging it to a SATA II port will gimp its performance (unless it's older generation SSDs).
- Enter the motherboard BIOS during boot, and ensure that SATA mode is set to AHCI (or RAID if you do RAID). Leaving it to IDE compatible will cause big performance penalty to SSD speed. Most modern motherboards today will have it at AHCI by default, but it doesn't hurt to double check.
- SSD firmware makes a rather big difference in maintaining speed and reliability of the drive. Because of this, before you proceed with installing Windows on the SSD, update the firmware on the SSD if there is one for yours. You should continue to update it whenever possible, especially if you use a SandForce-based SSD.
- Always do a fresh install of Windows 7 / 8 on the SSD. This is because Windows 7 / 8 does bunch of extra tasks specifically designed for the SSD during the installation only. Do not copy over your OS as it is to the SSD.
- Once installed, disable Windows Search, and drive indexing on the SSD. Also fix Windows swap file (virtual memory) to fixed size (1GB~2GB) to the mechanical hard drive.
- To further save on writing cycles, assign Windows temporary folders to a hard drive, change where your web browser stores cache / cookies. Doing those two alone will significantly save on the writing cycles of your SSD.
- Never run any "SSD optimizers" nor "SSD defragmentation software" of any kind except ones supplied by the vendor of the SSD. These are not necessary and in fact, will hurt your SSD. However, Windows 8's default defragmentation program is now called "Disk Optimizer", and it is OK to leave it to "optimize" the SSD. It knows what it's doing, so do not worry.
- Leave Windows 7 / 8 and programs + specific games you want to see speed boost on the SSD. All "data" such as music, movie, pictures, and all other games, should be on the mechanical hard disk.
---------- Post added 2012-11-25 at 04:04 PM ----------
Oh shoot, forgot to ask something...
Should I get this?:
"ADDITIONAL INSURANCE with ExpressRMA ($36.93 - 3% of the subtotal) - Covers the full amount of your order and fast ExpressRMA product replacement coverage from 30 days in case there are problems *. We highly recommend shipping insurance with this order. Click here to see more about ExpressRMA."
The NCIX Care Coverage Protection... the 3-year on-site care coverage bundle - $108.00
I am going to have my computer for 3 years so I don't know if I should get it or not for peace of mind.
Also, the NCIX Care Coverage Protection overlaps with the ExpressRMA above... So it is one or the other.
The ExpressRMA is for 30 days and the care coverage protection is for 1-4 years... but I want to get the 3 year one.
What you think?