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Core 2 Duo mobo with legacy HDD compatibility

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November 21, 2006 1:06:19 PM

I'm about to upgrade my system to a Core 2 Duo setup, and I need some help choosing a motherboard. I have a couple of UltraATA hard drives with data on that I'd like to keep, but it seems that the newer mobos only support SATA drives.

I'll most likely get a new drive for my operating system so I need SATA support as well. Are there any high performance dual support boards out there so I can reuse my older hard drives?

Thanks in advance for your advice.
November 21, 2006 2:08:49 PM

From Newegg:
ASUS P5W DH DELUXE/WIFI-AP Socket T (LGA 775) Intel 975X ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail

The key here is that it has 2 PATA channels (each of which handles 2 drives), which will support 2 older hard drives, plus 2 DVD writers, plus SATA hard drives.

Good luck!
November 21, 2006 8:21:49 PM

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I'm about to upgrade my system to a Core 2 Duo setup, and I need some help choosing a motherboard. I have a couple of UltraATA hard drives with data on that I'd like to keep, but it seems that the newer mobos only support SATA drives.

I'll most likely get a new drive for my operating system so I need SATA support as well. Are there any high performance dual support boards out there so I can reuse my older hard drives?

Thanks in advance for your advice.
The other way around this is to just get the motherboard that really appeals to you, and use an ATA controller card. GL :) 
November 22, 2006 8:53:14 AM

Thanks for the ideas guys. That ASUS board does look pretty sweet, but it seems like the P965 boards are cheaper than the 975X ones, so I may plump for the controller card option.

Decisions, decisions!

I guess my next question is - Why are the P965 mobos so much cheaper than the 975X ones, when they are supposed to have higher performance? Or is it just that there aren't really any entry level 975X boards around?
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