1.) Most likely not. You need to plug the SSD into a Sata-3 6Gb/s port. If your motherboard has more than one controller, use the ones attached to the Intel chipset. If Windows needs your Gigabyte disc, it will ask you for it.
1a.) Most motherboards have AHCI as a default now days, but check it first before installing anything.
2) 29/59 bug only really comes into play with cablecard tuners on a small amount of channels. Turning off adaptive contrast on your drivers helps some, but doesn't completely fix the problem.
3) don't add any hard drives until after windows is installed on the ssd