I recently installed this SSD so i am looking for performance but also stability.
I am running Windows 7 Professional x64 Edition
from MSDN with Service Pack 1.
Keep in mind i am a gamer. I do not want recommendations which are going to affect my systems stability. (For example, some people recommend turning off page file on a SSD) That is not the tip i want because it's going to give lots of programs errors.
I've done most of my research i am looking for quick "yes or no" - "enabled or disabled" "this or that" answers with maybe a quick conclusion.
1.AHCI or IDE on an SSD
2.Is moving temp files, temporary internet files, other common writing directories really going to increase my performance/life expectancy of my SSD?
3.Disable Superfetch on SSD?
4.Disable Prefetch on SSD?
5.Disable Bootfetch on SSD?
6. If my SSD defaults to write caching "disabled", Should i leave it OR enable it for better performance?
Also, I'm looking for programs that are lightweight, do the job, modify limited or no system files at all, don't add lots of registry changes, do not install anything extra or anything non-essential.
Microsoft Security Essentials. Your opinion on its effectiveness?
Best disk/image program? I'm currently using ImgBurn but i haven't came to a conclusion about it yet.
Best Virtual Disk Mounter? I'm using Virtual CloneDrive.
Best Codec pack? No codec packs at all? I'm using Shark007's Windows 7 x86 and x64 codec packs.
Is DAMN NFO viewer good it doesn't have much of a reputation and i have it installed?
Best HASH Viewer? I'm using HashTab
7zip or winrar?
Is openoffice good?
Is Foxit Reader the best? I've been using it for awhile but something always seems to come out that's better every other day..
If you have any other programs that meet my qualifications, please don't hesitate to recommend them to me.
Gladly accepting opinions and recommendations.
Thank you for any feedback.