Figure out the best bios to have on your board for audio recording based on it based on user reviews. The latest is not always the greatest. Load that first. You can usually load that from a USB stick.
Latest chipset drivers, download them. I think, if I remember correctly, you load them DURING windows installation. Start bare bones. No sound card etc at first. Build windows. Then current drivers for everything (sound card, video card, etc) and install your other hardware. Windows Update. image the drive once completed.
Perform windows optimizations, and there are some in the bios. Trust me, there is most likely a power management disabling you will have to do to achieve good dcp.
Before you go into installing all your software.
Make sure things are good so far.
If all is good, install your software, all of it. Open a project and see what you missed. Install everything you forgot.
Run heavy project and get the system to crash. Figure out what is wrong, fix it and try to crash the system again. Fix it… until you don’t crash.
>>>>>>BUILD ALL PREFERENCES FOR ALL SOFTWARE FROM SCRATCH <<<<<<
Bring absolutely no preferences over from an old installation, or you are asking for a serious wildcard. You are going to have to optimize the system and windows. You are dealing with a lot of hardware and software that needs to be efficient or else… POOF when you least expect… in company of a client… numerous times… and that time is not billable because it shouldn’t happen often.
Ok, aside from the above:
SSD for client material? Stuff you record, mix… project files? Everything I have read in the past was this is a big “no no” but that may have changed. You may want to check that.
Good Luck. Be methodical and log your process so you can look back and see what made the system unstable. Hope it goes smooth for you. I don’t know if this is your first rodeo, but get a good backup scheme in place. I have clients that spend thousands of dollars with me and a backup scheme that is redundant is very important.
Welcome to or back to the biz.