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Mobo Upgrade help-New Motherboards have only 1 IDE Port?

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August 21, 2008 11:40:20 AM

Can anyone recommend a Socket AM2+ motherboard thats Got 2xIDE ports and Crossfire? I know its a lot to ask as i can only seem to get one or the other.

I was looking into upgrading my motherboard and it seems all the motherboards i come across all have 1 x IDE port well except one but its almost double the price of the "cheaper Boards".

This has 2 IDE ports but its SLI
MSI K9N2 SLI Platinum, nForce 750a SLI, Socket-AM2+, ATX, DDR2, 2xPCI-Ex(2.0)16
http://www.komplett.ie/k/ki.aspx?sku=347322

This has Crossfire but one IDE
MSI K9A2 CF-F, AMD 790X, DDR2, ATX, Socket-AM2+, GBLAN, 2xPCI-Ex(2.0)x16
http://www.komplett.ie/k/ki.aspx?sku=342270&view=detail...

Given the fact that im currently using 4 IDE devices id have to write off 2 hard drives to upgrade? While its a pain to do i guess its possable.

Id prefer if it was from the above site if possable. http://www.komplett.ie

Crossfire i guess i can do without but would it be useful to have for futureproofing? Having all the drives is more useful unless anyone can find a motherboard that has both?

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August 21, 2008 12:10:07 PM

Time to dump your old slow IDE drives and move up to SATA.
An added expense yes, but really why would you want to upgrade everything else to the new and best, and still run those old IDE drives?

You can always buy an add-in IDE controller card if you are sentimentally still attached to the IDE interface. :) 
August 21, 2008 2:26:11 PM

jitpublisher said:
Time to dump your old slow IDE drives and move up to SATA.
An added expense yes, but really why would you want to upgrade everything else to the new and best, and still run those old IDE drives?

You can always buy an add-in IDE controller card if you are sentimentally still attached to the IDE interface. :) 


I have a SATA2 drive luckily its 1TB in size:) 
that leaves 1 ide slot for my DVD drive and 1 for a hard drive which will mean getting rid of 2 oldish drives with crap on them. Hmm dunno what to do lol.
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August 21, 2008 3:16:14 PM

I just realized it's an AMD, oops.

A SATA DVD is still cheap enough that it's worth it to keep the two HDs. And the new DVD will probably be a fair bit faster than the old one.
August 21, 2008 4:29:00 PM

I second what Zorg said, I wrote a post saying exactly what he said about the DVD drive then I reread what he wrote and then shook my head at myself.
August 21, 2008 10:15:48 PM

As suggested, just buy an inexpensive ($20) IDE controller card to plug into a PCI slot.
August 21, 2008 10:20:17 PM

Another good option.
August 22, 2008 4:09:06 AM

Mondoman said:
As suggested, just buy an inexpensive ($20) IDE controller card to plug into a PCI slot.


Ok im embarressed i didnt think of that lol, thanks for the tip:) 
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