Thanks for the reply. I'm good to go now. My main two problems were 1. switching the cables after setting RAID in BIOS, and 2. setting up RAID0. Because I had not installed the cables correctly in the first place, I did not see the Accelerate button and my SSD in the Smart Response Technology program. I mistakenly thought it was because I had not setup RAID0 (which is covered right before SRT in the Asus mobo manual, which indicates a RAID0 is necessary). Well, you do not have to setup the RAID... if the drives are connected to the INTEL connectors (as opposed to Marvell) the SRT program will recognize automatically and all you need to do is Accelerate and the program handles setting up RAID0 automatically. Simple right? NOT. It took a 10hr adventure to get there... I determined I wipe out windows on my HDD trying to setup the raid (original post). This time I would be smart and create the raid before setting up windows. My setup was a 2td WD HD and 64gb SSD for caching. Setup the raid and was able to boot with no problems and re-installed windows. However, now I noticed my 2tb drive only shows 119 gb available... stop laughing. I now know why. Re-installed thinking now my cables are connected appropriately and I will be able to set the SRT using my SSD. Wrong, I still can't setup SRT. DUNCE moment... Smart Response Technology and Rapid Storage Technology is not one in the same exact thing. SRT is actually a component of Rapid Storage Technology. Hence, I had to do another re-install, this time JUST setting up RAID in Bios-Sata controllers, NOT setting up RAID0. After re-installing windows this time, all I had to to do was to go into the program, now the ACCELERATE button was visible and the system setup RAID0 in a snap!!!!!
I posted the resolution on the outside chance another noob like myself is stupified on the above scenario. I'm totally feeling the 'a little knowledge is a dangerous thing' metaphor. But as long as I'm learning... I'm cool.
Now it's onto... WTH - I had no idea sending 5.1 and video to WMC via HDMI was such an ordeal... on a HTPC build with a P8Z68 mobo and Intel HD chip, Realtek onboard chips, X Fi Soundblaster sound card, AND latest drivers, best I get is 2 Channels to WMC.... HA... further down the rabbit hole. Frustrating, but I love this stuff... learning!