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What motherboard to get? Is my current choice sufficient?

Hello,
Initially I went with this configuration, as my initial plan of a budget HTPC slowly change to all-purpose and I upgraded the parts but now I realize that the mobo has only 2 SATA 6Gb/s ports.

This is my first time building a pc so I'm not sure what would each of the SATA port be for.
My question is - is the ASRock H81M sufficient for my purpose, or which mobo should I upgrade to? There's no fixed budget, just trying to find a cheap one..

Usage is HTPC/media server/light gaming, connected to TV.

Thanks!

EDIT: Would a ASRock H87M be better? It would be $20 more than the H81M.
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    iceaco said:
    Hello,
    Initially I went with this configuration, as my initial plan of a budget HTPC slowly change to all-purpose and I upgraded the parts but now I realize that the mobo has only 2 SATA 6Gb/s ports.

    This is my first time building a pc so I'm not sure what would each of the SATA port be for.
    My question is - is the ASRock H81M sufficient for my purpose, or which mobo should I upgrade to? There's no fixed budget, just trying to find a cheap one..

    Usage is HTPC/media server/light gaming, connected to TV.

    Thanks!


    SATA is backwards compatible, meaning a 6 GB/s drive can be used with a 3 GB/s board, but will not be as fast, but the difference will not be noticeable in normal use, just in benchmarks and really heavy gaming, so your board is fine, it has a total of 4 SATA ports, so its enough for now.
  2. SATA ports are the ports that you connect to your Hard Disk Drive, Solid State drive or Optical Drive(CDROM and Blu Ray)
    Seeing as you have a lot of drives, get a different one if you really want the SATA 6gb/s ports.
    Your current mobo is a Micro ATX one.
    Here are micro atx mobos with more SATA 6gb/s ports - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131975
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157384
  3. The Adventuring Bacon said:
    SATA ports are the ports that you connect to your Hard Disk Drive, Solid State drive or Optical Drive(CDROM and Blu Ray)
    Seeing as you have a lot of drives, get a different one if you really want the SATA 6gb/s ports.
    Your current mobo is a Micro ATX one.
    Here are micro atx mobos with more SATA 6gb/s ports - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131975
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157384

    So after reading DComander1x's reply, I looked up the difference between SATA 3Gb/s and 6Gb/s and looks like my HD won't benefit much from the 6Gb/s, which I don't mind. So I only have 1 SATA port left for other uses.

    The new question is, could I use more SATA ports? Are they only used for hard drives in general? If so I will consider the H87M Pro4 on your second link. I don't see myself playing CDs or BDs anytime soon.. Been discless for the last 4 years..

    Thank you for the info!
  4. iceaco said:
    The Adventuring Bacon said:
    SATA ports are the ports that you connect to your Hard Disk Drive, Solid State drive or Optical Drive(CDROM and Blu Ray)
    Seeing as you have a lot of drives, get a different one if you really want the SATA 6gb/s ports.
    Your current mobo is a Micro ATX one.
    Here are micro atx mobos with more SATA 6gb/s ports - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131975
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157384

    So after reading DComander1x's reply, I looked up the difference between SATA 3Gb/s and 6Gb/s and looks like my HD won't benefit much from the 6Gb/s, which I don't mind. So I only have 1 SATA port left for other uses.

    The new question is, could I use more SATA ports? Are they only used for hard drives in general? If so I will consider the H87M Pro4 on your second link. I don't see myself playing CDs or BDs anytime soon.. Been discless for the last 4 years..

    Thank you for the info!


    Its not just for hard drives. You can use it for Optical drives or Solid State drives. I saw your build and it has an SSD. So if you want to maximize the capability of these I suggest you use SATA 6GB/s.
    Hope this helped
  5. The Adventuring Bacon said:
    iceaco said:
    The Adventuring Bacon said:
    SATA ports are the ports that you connect to your Hard Disk Drive, Solid State drive or Optical Drive(CDROM and Blu Ray)
    Seeing as you have a lot of drives, get a different one if you really want the SATA 6gb/s ports.
    Your current mobo is a Micro ATX one.
    Here are micro atx mobos with more SATA 6gb/s ports - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131975
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157384

    So after reading DComander1x's reply, I looked up the difference between SATA 3Gb/s and 6Gb/s and looks like my HD won't benefit much from the 6Gb/s, which I don't mind. So I only have 1 SATA port left for other uses.

    The new question is, could I use more SATA ports? Are they only used for hard drives in general? If so I will consider the H87M Pro4 on your second link. I don't see myself playing CDs or BDs anytime soon.. Been discless for the last 4 years..

    Thank you for the info!


    Its not just for hard drives. You can use it for Optical drives or Solid State drives. I saw your build and it has an SSD. So if you want to maximize the capability of these I suggest you use SATA 6GB/s.
    Hope this helped
    Yup, it helps. Thanks! I won't be using 6 HDDs anytime soon and I should be getting external drives if I really need space. More space on a 24/7 htpc/media server is just asking for trouble for me..
  6. You are good.
    The only device that can make use of a 6gb sata port is the SSD.
    The other devices can go anywhere without issue.
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