After Christmas, I still had money left unspent (actually just unused credit on my credit cards, but anyhow... ), and decided to splurge on a Samsung 960 EVO drive like this one, except it was in stock at Samsung.com. I have also ordered an adapter card, in order to fit the drive to the PCIe gen 2.0 slot on my motherboard (the PCIe gen 3.0 slot is occupied by my GPU).
I am fairly certain the Bios on my motherboard is sufficiently up to date, such that I can boot an OS off of it via NVME drivers that are native to this drive. I am currently running Windows 10 on this PC, and have a Win 10 iso file (ver 1607), which I can burn to a blank DVD. My plan is to install this drive, and simultaneously unplug all other drives, save the DVD drive. Once that is done, my hope is that I will be able to cleanly install Win 10 to the new PCIe SSD via a recently burnt Win 10 DVD.
Once that is accomplished, I will re-connect all the drives I previously disconnected, and format each of them. Then I will re-install the software I actually intend on using on those drives. Before I start all this, I will have to back up a lot of my files, but I have a 2 TB external drive that has a few hundred GB free, and so I should be OK.
Anyone else want to share experience with something like this, or have experience with PCIe SSDs?