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Windows 7: Build Help?


12 Feb 2013   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 
Build Help?

Hello All,
I'm getting ready to order/build me a new system (below) & have a couple of questions.
I'm going to be re-using a couple of the parts from my current system (case, power supply & Western Digital VelociRaptor 300GB) & just wanted to know what SATA ports I should use?

When hooking up the optical drive (ASUS DRW-24B1ST DVD Burner) & HDD (WD Velociraptor WD300GLFS-01F8U) I use the SATA II 3Gb/s ports correct?

It's been several years since I've built my last system & some things have changed.. I just want to make sure I do it right!
Thank's, Phil B.

New System Specs:
Processor: Intel Core i5-3570K.
Motherboard: MSI Z77MA-G45.
SSD: OCZ Vertex 4 256GB= Winows 7 64-bit.
HDD: Western Digital VelociRaptor 300GB= Storage.
Memory: Crucial Ballistix Tactical 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Low Profile.
Graphics: EVGA SuperClocked GeForce GTX 660 2GB.
Optical Drive: ASUS DRW-24B1ST DVD Burner.
Power Supply: CORSAIR TX650W.
Case: Cooler Master HAF 922.

Current System:
Case: Cooler Master HAF 922.
OS: Windows 7 HP 64-bit
Motherboard: EVGA 680i SLI A2 122-CK-NF68
CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo E6600 2.40GHz.
Graphics Card: EVGA 8800GTS 640MB.
Hard Drive(s): System: Western Digital VelociRaptor 300GB
Memory: OCZ 2x512 & 2x1GB Gold GX XTC PC2-6400.
Power Supply: CORSAIR TX650W


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12 Feb 2013   #2

 

Omg. That's a huge upgrade!

Anyway, yeah use the SATA II ports for SATA II drives, and SATA III the solid state drive (and all other future SATA III drives).
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12 Feb 2013   #3

Windows 7 Professional 64bit SP1
 
 

I'm guessing that board comes with 2 Intel SATA III ports and probably 4 SATA II ports. I would definitely use a SATA II port for the optical drive, and put the SSD on the first(most of the time labeled SATA 0) SATA III port. You can either put the WD VelociRaptor on the 2nd SATA III port, or save it in case you get another drive and put it on the SATA II port. I don't think the HDD's transfer speeds will even get near the cap for SATA II, so it won't be holding you back. The SSD definitely needs to be on the first SATA III port though as it will be held back by the SATA II cap.

I will look at the motherboard specs in a little bit when I have more time and give you a definite answer.
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12 Feb 2013   #4

Windows 7 Pro X64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by kbrady1979 View Post
I'm guessing that board comes with 2 Intel SATA III ports and probably 4 SATA II ports. I would definitely use a SATA II port for the optical drive, and put the SSD on the first(most of the time labeled SATA 0) SATA III port. You can either put the WD VelociRaptor on the 2nd SATA III port, or save it in case you get another drive and put it on the SATA II port. I don't think the HDD's transfer speeds will even get near the cap for SATA II, so it won't be holding you back. The SSD definitely needs to be on the first SATA III port though as it will be held back by the SATA II cap.

I will look at the motherboard specs in a little bit when I have more time and give you a definite answer.
Right. It's a MicroATX board, and has only the Intel SATA controller (2 X 6Gb, 4 X 3 Gb). No chance for confusion with any third-party SATA controller as is sometimes added to full-sized ATX boards.

I second TwoCables. It ought to be an impressive upgrade.
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12 Feb 2013   #5

Desk1 8 Pro / Desk2 7 Home Prem / Laptop 8.1 Pro all 64bit
 
 

Fairly similar to my build P7T only ZI got the HAF XM only a tiny difference in size and it is huge anyway but the price was much better.

Ar risk of starting WW3 the TX 650 I would go an HX 750 or slightly above - slightly bigger better than wishing you had gone bigger. I was lucky to get an HX 1050 that was on offer and despite like ti sounds a huge power eater it isn't see my UPS meter pic and I have two other monitors sound systems and a couple of lights running too. (my specs are listed if you are curious as to what is in my Ivy Bridge)


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12 Feb 2013   #6

 

He already owns the PSU (and it's way more than enough).
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12 Feb 2013   #7

Desk1 8 Pro / Desk2 7 Home Prem / Laptop 8.1 Pro all 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by TwoCables View Post
He already owns the PSU (and it's way more than enough).
Oops missed that TC I'll shut up now
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12 Feb 2013   #8

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ICit2lol View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by TwoCables View Post
He already owns the PSU (and it's way more than enough).
Oops missed that TC I'll shut up now
hehe but I do it way more often than I'll ever admit.

"Hey, that PSU is - oh." (after carefully writing up a nice post and everything)
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13 Feb 2013   #9

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Thanks Guys,
I'll be ordering the system Thursday/Friday, I just can't wait.. there are several games I'm wanting to play & I think this upgrade should do quite well with most everything out right now!

I just noticed I missed something in my current system specs.. I also have a Creative SB X-FI Titanium installed.
Again.. Thanks, Phil B.
Here are a couple of pics of my current system.





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13 Feb 2013   #10

 

Nice sound card, and nice cable management!
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