Just built my first rig. Had a blast and learned a lot! I just had a few questions about settings to ensure I keep this thing running well.
First - the important specs:
i7 3770k - not overclocked. Using stock Intel CPU fan.
ASRock Z77 Extreme4
HX750 PSU (Certified Gold)
Kingston HyperX SSD (120gb)
Now, in regards to those items:
1. What are the idea power settings? Windows seems to default everything to "Balanced" and it puts my Hard Disk to sleep every 20 minutes... Does this play nice with SSD's or should I be manually adjusting this?
2. What do you direct to your SSD? Just OS stuff and games you play often? Do you direct your downloads, non-vital apps and documents to your HDD?
3. I pretty much assembled it (external build first, then internal), installed the OS, transferred critical updates from Flash drive and then plugged it into the network and started updating/downloading software and games. I didn't change any configuration or settings in my BIOS. With my straightforward setup are there advanced settings I need to adjust?
Thanks all! If you have any other tips for newly built computers, I'm all ears.
You could consider disabling CPU State Support C1E and C3/C6 and bench your SSD performance. Some people have reported SSD performance gains with these CPU sates disabled, but in all honesty I think it's unlikely you'll see a benefit so probably best to ignore this unless you have a reason.
Personally, the best thing you can do to ensure optimal performance is not run a messy bloated Windows. Be strict about your OS and the applications and services running. Keep the whole thing lean and clean. Spend some time learning about how to control which services and applications load at startup (if you don't already know) and how to keep your Windows in an efficient working condition.