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someguy12

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As i recently posted in another thread, i am getting several new components for my Pc as it has broken. I will be getting a new processor, graphics card, ram & motherboard, however i will be reusing the old hard drive. Unfortunately, i do not have the know how to select the right motherbaord to use all of the right hardware, so was looking for advice.

The components i will be purchasing are:
Intel Core 2 Duo E4500
Nvidia Geforce 9600GT
Corsair TWIN2X 6400 DDR2, 2048MB
(note that these are not yet purchased and i could select different items)

The hard drive i am reusing is:
Maxtor DiamondMax 10 Model No 6L080P0 (80gig)

I will need a decent motherboard able to use all of the above. Additionally, the old hard drive is getting to be too small and i was told that i could hook up a second hard drive as slave for extra space, and i would like if the motherboard was able to do that as well.

Thank you.
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Rocknrollcows

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http://www.newegg.co...N82E16813128059

this motherboard should be fine for you uses.
It isn't the best overclocker thou.

Are your HDs IDE or SATA? because if its IDE, then you'll need to either get SATA Optical drives (CD,DVD drives) or get a different Mobo.
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this motherboard should be fine for you uses.
It isn't the best overclocker thou.



That board is highly recommended by the overclocking community. It has not problem running my e6750 @ 3.7ghz.


I think you could do better with AMD with the money that you are spending. Modern boards only have one IDE slot so you will likely have trouble if your DVD drive is IDE as well. I think you are best off dropping it altogether. Also with SATA drives there is no "slave". '

Also something to keep in mind is that there is 9/10 chance you will not be able to keep/transfer your OS. At the very least it will require a repair install (assuming you are using XP: How to repair Windows XP.
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Thanks for the replies guys, though i've just checked and it turns out that the hard drive and optical drives are IDE, which means i could probably do with a mobo with 2 IDE slots.

I happen to know that the Asus P5N-E SLI has two IDE slots (unless im mistaken) and i heard its a pretty decent board, if a little more expensive. What do you think?
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In order to have to have a southbride of ICH5 or lower. With the release of ICH6 the southbridge only supported one IDE slot. When they put out ICH8 they dropped IDE support altogether and made it up to the MOBO manufacturer add the IDE controller. This why you will only find one on modern boards. You will not find a board with two IDE slots that supports a Core 2 Duo. Drop the IDE HDD.

Edited by Titan8990, 13 March 2008 - 08:38 PM.

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if you really want 2 IDE, then there are still some Slot AMD motherboards out there that still have them. You will have to buy a new Proc which is more expensive then losing some files and getting a new HD.
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you can also get a PCI card that has 2 IDE controllers(up to 4 devices) even if the mobo you want doesn't have IDE at all...it does need a pci slot though....here is a link to one..
that way you can bring forward your optical drives as well as your hard drive
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Happy, do you know if most computer BIOS can boot from a HDD or CD drive that is on an add-on controller such as that?
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some will...but I would still go with a SATA hard drive as the first boot device because of the speed difference...the controller card is just to bring some of the legacy hardware forward...
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that seems like a good solution happyrck, thanks.

I'll buy a sata drive to act as the main hard drive, and have chosen a 250gb seagate barracuda.

Ill go for the gigabyte motherboard recommended earlier.

Thanks for all your help guys.
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Good luck :).
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your welcome... :)
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