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Will storage with interface of SATA 6GB/S work on a mobo with SATA 3GB/S?

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February 28, 2014 3:05:57 PM

I am building my first PC and need some help. The memory I was going to buy has an interface of SATA6GB/S, however, the mobo I was looking at only has SATA3GB/S. Is this an issue? Here is a link to the products: Storage: http://pcpartpicker.com/part/western-digital-internal-h... Mobo: http://pcpartpicker.com/part/gigabyte-motherboard-ga78l...

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February 28, 2014 3:10:11 PM

Yes, it just won't get the full speed available. But it will do you if you need to save money for now. However that is a badly outdated motherboard. How much are wanting to spend? You can pick up an 970 Gigabyte board for under $100.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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February 28, 2014 3:12:39 PM

It won't be a problem, other then a waist of money on the motherboard. You will not get full performance out of the drives.
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February 28, 2014 3:12:46 PM

It will just run at 3 gb/s. Why not upgrade to a motherboard that will provide 6gb/s it's probably not that much more expensive. Or buy a HDD that will only do 3gb/s and save a couple of bucks. Don't get married to the options on part picker dude. Most sata stuff is pretty interchangeable.
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February 28, 2014 3:16:08 PM

Yes it will work. It will be "limited" to Sata II speeds, but since the storage device you are referring to is a mechanical hdd, it is unable to saturate even that. So while it is reduced to sata II speeds, its makes no difference to the actual performance as it is unable to even reach that limit.
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February 28, 2014 4:08:39 PM

gamesturbator said:
Yes, it just won't get the full speed available. But it will do you if you need to save money for now. However that is a badly outdated motherboard. How much are wanting to spend? You can pick up an 970 Gigabyte board for under $100.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Well, here's my problem: I bought a Microatx case because it was on sale, but all the good mobos for fx 6300 won't fit in a micro. I'm thinking of just returning the case.
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February 28, 2014 11:58:28 PM

If you can get a full refund go for it. My current case is this: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... however it uses USB 3.0 Headers for the front, so make sure you look for that something like "Onboard USB 2 x USB 3.0 + 6 x USB 2.0" which has both options if you get a new motherboard.
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March 1, 2014 2:37:47 PM

Sure, it has the USB 3.0 Front Header. So you're good.
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