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after the system is assembled...what happens next?

I'm planning on assembling my first build on Sunday. Assuming I get everything put together properly, I would appreciate some guidance as to what comes next?

From what I understand, these are the things I should do first:

Flash the bios with the most current version from a USB drive.
Install Windows 10.
Install virus/malware protection.
Update drivers.
Benchmark the system? (Not exactly sure how to do that.)
Begin the arduous task of copying everything from my old system to the new.
Am I missing something important?

It would be great If someone can explain how I change the settings within Windows to automatically send downloads, pictures, videos, documents, music, etc. to the HDD instead of the SDD.

Thanks in advance for your help.

My system:
i5-6600K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor
CRYORIG R1 Universal 76.0 CFM CPU Cooler
MSI Z170A GAMING M5 ATX LGA1151 Motherboard
G.Skill Ripjaws 4 series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR4-2400 Memory
Samsung 850 EVO-Series 250GB 2.5" Solid State Drive
Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive
EVGA GeForce GTX 970 4GB SSC ACX 2.0+ Video Card
Fractal Design Define R5 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case
EVGA SuperNOVA NEX 750W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply
LG WH14NS40 Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer
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  1. Best answer
    1, NEVER update BIOS as long as it works properly
    2, http://lifehacker.com/5802838/how-to-maximize-the-life-of-your-ssd?sidebar_promotions_icons=testingoff&utm_expid=66866090-67.e9PWeE2DSnKObFD7vNEoqg.1&utm_referrer=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.google.ca%2F this is something you can do for SSD
    3, if you use wireless network, prepare the driver for adapter
    win10 has many things built-in, so the installation is very simple. I would suggest you make a stress test to make sure everything work properly
  2. EtnoNyt said:
    1, NEVER update BIOS as long as it works properly
    2, http://lifehacker.com/5802838/how-to-maximize-the-life-of-your-ssd?sidebar_promotions_icons=testingoff&utm_expid=66866090-67.e9PWeE2DSnKObFD7vNEoqg.1&utm_referrer=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.google.ca%2F this is something you can do for SSD
    3, if you use wireless network, prepare the driver for adapter
    win10 has many things built-in, so the installation is very simple. I would suggest you make a stress test to make sure everything work properly


    Thanks for letting me know. Based upon tutorials I've read elsewhere, I would have automatically updated BIOS without questioning whether or not it was necessary.

    The article you linked me to seems to have been written a few years ago and was based upon Windows 7. Does what I read still apply for Windows 10?
  3. 4x Fan said:
    EtnoNyt said:
    1, NEVER update BIOS as long as it works properly
    2, http://lifehacker.com/5802838/how-to-maximize-the-life-of-your-ssd?sidebar_promotions_icons=testingoff&utm_expid=66866090-67.e9PWeE2DSnKObFD7vNEoqg.1&utm_referrer=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.google.ca%2F this is something you can do for SSD
    3, if you use wireless network, prepare the driver for adapter
    win10 has many things built-in, so the installation is very simple. I would suggest you make a stress test to make sure everything work properly


    Thanks for letting me know. Based upon tutorials I've read elsewhere, I would have automatically updated BIOS without questioning whether or not it was necessary.

    The article you linked me to seems to have been written a few years ago and was based upon Windows 7. Does what I read still apply for Windows 10?


    You can still follow that. I didn't find things changed big when I upgraded from 7 to 10.
  4. Belay that stuff about SSD and "Saving" it's life, just turn AHCI on in SATA mode and treat it as any HDD of same size.
  5. CountMike said:
    Belay that stuff about SSD and "Saving" it's life, just turn AHCI on in SATA mode and treat it as any HDD of same size.


    I've heard of AHCI before, but don't really understand what it is. I'll see if I can figure out how to turn it on.
  6. It's in the BIOS.
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