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    Hard Disk Dilema

    Afternoon all,

    I am slightly confused over choosing a new MOBO, I am looking at reusing my existing DVD drive, HDD, monitor and case and whacking in a new MOBO, CPU and GFX Card. I am going to go for a C2D 6300 CPU + x1900xt card but am stuck on the MOBO choice. Reason being that my hard drive and Dvd are IDE and it seems that a lot of new motherboards are mainly SATA and only have one IDE channel. Am i right in thinking that this will prove a problem for me or have i got the wrong end of a very confusing stick.

    I had thought of getting the Foxconn P9657AA-8EKRS2H to give you an idea of my price point.

    Thanks.

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    • nichomach's system
      • Motherboard:
      • Gigabyte GA-870A-UD3
      • CPU:
      • AMD Phenom II X6 1055T 95W
      • Memory:
      • 16GB DR3
      • Storage:
      • 1x250GB Maxtor SATAII, 1x 400GB Hitachi SATAII
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      • Zotac GTX 1060 3GB
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    You can run multiple devices on one IDE channel, so you should be able to run your DVD drive and hard disk on the same cable. Alternatively, you could use an IDE to SATA converter. Hard disks are cheap, though; you could have a 160GB for less than £40.

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    Ok, cool. Are the performances of IDE and SATA wildly different?

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      • CPU:
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      • Memory:
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      • 1TB Linux, 1TB Games (Win 10)
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    SATA gives you the option of NCQ (native command queuing) which speeds up servers and slows down workstations. Other than that, the same.

    SATA cables are cuter

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