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).


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.


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

  • 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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