I started writing a damn letter about this but I boiled it down to this, am I better using the manufacturers driver or Microsoft's if Microsoft tries to install its own just because it's newer? There is a later driver for my Asmedia SATA controller than what I have but it is still older than the one Microsoft wants to install. SO flat out am I better using the manufacturers driver or the Microsoft driver regardless of the date?
BTW, thanks to all the help here my new system is running like lightning. Thanks to all who recommended the hardware and setup.