Is SATA worth it?

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  1. Rommel

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    So my mobo doesnt suppport it and i want a 300 gig hd, i could just buy a sata controller and a 300 gig sata hd and be done with it so when i buy a new mobo i dont need to waste my time with IDE --> Sata

    Now heres the question that interests and worries me?

    I already have 2 120gig hd's running so all my usable ide ports are used up, are there any bandwidth issues i should know about?. Will having this one extra hd mess things up?

    Is SATA that much better than IDE, is it quieter etc

    do tell :p
     
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    SATA is definitely better than IDE.

    HOWEVER: Getting a SATA PCI controller is *worthless*. You'll be stuck on the PCI bus, which counteracts the speed advantages of SATA.

    Get a decent mobo :p

    SATA is an interface -- it is no quieter than IDE.
     
  3. Rommel

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    Okey

    Problem with getting a decent mobo is getting a new CPU and new RAM and im not ready to shell out that kind of money at the moment so i thought getting the SATA controller in the meantime so i can enjoy the new quickness in the future when i get a new mobo :hsd:
     
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    likely not worth it.

    what cpu/ram do you have?
     
  5. Rommel

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    2.53ghz
    512meg of ram PC3100 or PC2700, i cant quite remember

    bottom line is that i need the hard drive
     
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    well, a normal sata controller on the pci bus will not perform as well as an ide drive on the onboard controller.
     
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    I've got onboard sata, the cables being so much thinner/managable alone make it a better choice.
     
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    Not worth it.. not on an IDE bus, as mentioned above.. defeats the purpose all together.

    Grab a board with SATA (can be had CHEAP..$50) that might match your current pro and RAM.
     

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