Ive been upgrading one of my PC's the past few days, I am fairly new to getting stuck into them myself, as my friends usually built my systems. Anyways im out of internal SATA ports now and Need to add at least one more drive. I was looking at some PCIe cards and i am having trouble understanding a couple of things.
There is PCIe x4 (more expensive) and PCIe x1. If im not using SSD does it matter which i get? What are the differences? I use this system for audio if that helps. Also I was thinking getting a SATA3 is better to future proof but is sata3 for non ssd drives? I understand it is backwards compatible but is there non SSD drives that utilize sata 3 speed?
Altough i need just one more SATA connection at least 2 internals would be nice or 4 even better for further future proofing. So feel free to make some recommendations
The other issue i am having is there seems to be none thats pretty solid ,on newegg all them seem to have pretty much 50/50 reviews work great for some, and not working at all for others. So recommendations welcome. This machine is Windows 7 and the motherboard is Gigabyte GA-PH67A-UD3-B3, Intel H67, ATX.
Any help much appreciated, pretty much a noob when it comes to the nitty gritty of this stuff.
* SATA 3 is for everything, SSDs and HDDs, if it ain't SATA 3 (or SATA III) don't buy it.
* PCIe x4 will give you more bandwidth but it depends how many drives you use as to whether you'll need that much bandwidth (I don't know what the limit is before the system bottlenecks).
* Are you RAIDing the drives at all?
* Just get any drive, samsung spinpoint F3, Seagate barracua, WD caviar blue / green. Hard drives are hard drives as far as I'm concerned.
You could get and inexpensive one and use it for your CD/DVD drive. That way you can plug your HDD into the motherboard and the SATA card will not be on anything critical. More of a band-aid but something to consider.