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Can't Figure Out M.2 SSD For Booting OS

I've done so much research on this and I just keep having these pesky questions. 3 of them to be exact. I was hoping you guys could help me out please!

(My PC specs are at the very bottom)

So basically I want to install an M.2 SSD on one of the two built in M.2 sockets on my motherboard. Strictly for booting my OS and to install this CAD program I use often. Here are my questions :

1) If you look below at the motherboard specs for the included M.2 sockets they are some differences between the two. So which of the two sockets should I be using for my purpose?

2) One of the two M.2 sockets advertises to be "Intel Optane Memory Ready" is this something I can benefit from? nd if so what do I need to get and could it be done in conjunction with the "OS booting SSD" I want to install?

3) And what appropriate size/brand do recommend?

Sorry for the long question good internet people!

My PC Specs: Intel i7-7700 3.6GHz, NVIDIA GTX 1060 3GB, 32GB DDR4 RAM, 1TB 7200RPM HDD, Win 10

Motherboard: ASUS-PRIME B250M-A 1 x M.2 Socket 3, with M Key, type 2242/2260/2280 storage devices support (SATA mode & X4 PCIE mode)*1

1 x M.2 Socket 3, with M Key, type 2242/2260/2280 storage devices support (x4 PCIE mode)*2 Intel® Optane Memory Ready *3

Notes *1 When a device in SATA mode is installed on the M.2_1 socket, SATA_1 port cannot be used. *2 Only M.2_2 socket can support Intel® Optane Memory.  *3 Intel® Optane Technology is only supported when using 7th Generation Intel® processors.

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Item 1 you answered.

One of the sockets is for Optane so that's self answered. Use the other for your boot drive and the other for Optane. LinusTechTips has videos about Optane so for me, I'd just pass unless the Optane was free.

So the slot to use is in your post (the not Optane slot) and we move to what stick to get. I like the Samsung EVO and went with the 512GB because it was the right size and price for me.

When I installed the OS I made sure there were no other drives in the system so I didn't accidentally install the OS on any other drive.

Post was last edited on September 19, 2018 11:16 AM PDT

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