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#1 dbonniwell

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Posted 03 February 2007 - 08:35 AM

:thumbsup: Hello,
I am Dbonniwell and I am new to this forum. Thanks for letting me on.

I will be upgading my system here this weekend.
Plan to change out the motherboard, cpu cpu fan,video card and add some card readers. See below
The mother board I am using has only one IDE connector and 8 SATA connectors. I do not want to discard the two IDE HDDs Master and Slave for my own reasons, however I am open to buying a SATA HDD for gaming purposes to take advantage of the higher transfer rates with a SATA HDD.
Would the following configuration work?

1 Buy an IDE PCI controller card and connect that to the IDE HDDs.
2. Connect the DVD and CD drive to the one IDE connection on the motherboard
Now the kicker
3. Buy a SATA HDD and connect that to one of the SATA connections on the motherboard. Put all games on the SATA drive.

Will this give me the faster transfer rate when gaming? or will I be slowed down by the IDE HDDs? I understand there are other ways seeming easier to get to this goal, but but I do not know how to clone or do I know how to set up a dual boot system like it is now. Really need some insight.
Thanks

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Posted 03 February 2007 - 08:37 AM

A first thing comes to mind which is : If change your MoBo do you realize you won't be able to validate Windows?

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Posted 03 February 2007 - 08:47 AM

I will cross that bridge when I get to it.

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Posted 03 February 2007 - 09:06 AM

Hard drives are the bottleneck, not the interface, meaning the going from PATA to SATA will give next to no performance increase, unless you also upgrade to a high-performance drive like a WD Raptor.

An option worth looking into is getting a SATA DVD-drive.
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Posted 04 February 2007 - 02:48 AM

Question is will the IDE drives slow up the SATA drive when gaming? Or will there be no notisable change? this is what I am looking for.
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Posted 04 February 2007 - 04:21 AM

Not at all. They will have no effect whatsoever.
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