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I am building a new computer for my wife and plan on using an:

  • AMD socket FM1 A8 3870 3.0Ghz quad core processor
  • ASUS f1a75-M LE motherboard
  • Corsair xms3 8gb 1600 memory (2x4)
  • Western Digital Caviar Blue 750gb hd
  • OCZ Vertex 120 gb SSD
  • Coolmax blue 700 watt psu
  • Pioneer 24x dvdrw
  • HEC Blitz mid tower case
  • Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit

Are there any recommended settings that I need to pay close attention too in the BIOS? For example, both the CPU and motherboard have integrated graphics (AMD Radeon HD 6550D and HD 6000, respectively).

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Prior to installing Windows, be sure to enable ACHI for your SATA controller. It will allow Windows to use Native Command Queuing which has a significant performance increase over IDE mode.

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Thank you. I did not know about that. – Tracy Nov 5 '12 at 5:47

Heating is a problem, don't go with the stock fan.

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I was wondering about a different cooling fan. I will look for one. Thanks. – Tracy Nov 5 '12 at 5:48

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