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which Sata3 port do i connect to?

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November 1, 2013 1:26:13 AM

I notice that my mother board has 5 sata3 port and it being label as:
[2x] SATA3 Connector (SATA3_4_5, White)
[2x] SATA3 Connector (SATA3_2_3, White)
[1x] SATA3 Connector (SATA3_1, White)
How do i know which one to connect my SSD, HDD, and Optical Drive into?
Thank You

Please also give me feed back about this build. Thank you very much <3

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-8350 4.0GHz 8-Core Processor ($199.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: ASRock 970 EXTREME4 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Sniper Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($68.00 @ Newegg)
Storage: Kingston SSDNow V300 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.99 @ Microcenter)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($235.66 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair CX 600W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($54.99 @ Microcenter)
Total: $808.60
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
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November 1, 2013 2:04:30 AM

a) SATA Ports should be used in sequencial order, that is; by port number...
b) Drives should be connected by importance: That is: the drive containing the OS, connected to SATA Port #1... the Data HDD connected to SATA Port #2, and Optical Drive connected to SATA Port #3..
c) If a second Data HDD is to be used, it should have preference over an Optical Drive so it should be connected to SATA Port #3, and the Optical Drive connected to SATA Port #4.

In your case, connect your drives in this order:
SSD to Sata port 1
HDD to Sata port 2
Optical Drive to Sata port 3
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November 1, 2013 2:07:11 AM

Chicano said:
a) SATA Ports should be used in sequencial order, that is; by port number...
b) Drives should be connected by importance: That is: the drive containing the OS, connected to SATA Port #1... the Data HDD connected to SATA Port #2, and Optical Drive connected to SATA Port #3..
c) If a second Data HDD is to be used, it should have preference over an Optical Drive so it should be connected to SATA Port #3, and the Optical Drive connected to SATA Port #4.

In your case, connect your drives in this order:
SSD to Sata port 1
HDD to Sata port 2
Optical Drive to Sata port 3


Thank you very much :) ...What about this build? wat u think?
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November 1, 2013 3:27:03 AM

It looks good to me... except that I would replace the ASRock motherboard for a Asus or Gigabyte with equal characteristics... and instead of the Radeon 7950, I'd get the Radeon 7970 with 1.0 Ghz Core Clock for $45.00 more...


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November 1, 2013 7:43:08 AM

Can you link me to the Video Card??
wat is the reason to switch out the mobo and video cardd? just wondering
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November 1, 2013 11:22:55 AM

Trong Dinh said:
Can you link me to the Video Card??
wat is the reason to switch out the mobo and video cardd? just wondering


The 7970 has some improvements over the 7950: Better cooling (twin fans), a more advanced GPU chip, increased speed; Effective Memory clock of 5500Mhz over 1250... faster core clock, 2048 Stream Processors versus 1792, Memory clock of 5500Mhz versus 1250... in general it's a much better card for the price difference. You can check the specifications side by side with the lower links and compare yourself. It's just a suggestion but IMHO it's well worth the price difference... if it fits your budget obviously... and if you plan to do some gaming, cause if you don't, you don't even need the 7950.

The Motherboard; Asus or Gigabyte have better quality and are better rated for about the same price as the ASRock model... plus, they have higher Native memory support 1866Mhz versus 1333

MSI R7970 TF 3GD5/OC BE Radeon HD 7970

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