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July 18, 2010 8:55:15 AM

I have 4 IDE products currently in my pc, the newer boards have onle 1 IDE port, I know I can have 2 IDE devices on a single port, would I have to purchase an IDE controller card to enable the other 2 IDE devices? Trying to do a budget upgrade, my 7 year old MB and AMD 2200+ are working great, I just would like faster and better performance.

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July 18, 2010 4:45:49 PM

so what are you saying. the board you want to use is the one that has 4 IDE ribbon ports on the Mobo? or do you have the newer board with 1 IDE port and the rest are Sata ports? or are you saying you got a board but there is only 1 IDE port left to use cause the other are being used? What exactly is it that you want to upgrade?

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July 19, 2010 2:16:57 AM

Yes, You are correct all the new MB only have one IDE connector limiting you to 2 IDE devices and you would have two buy a PCI /DE card for the other two. These cards run $14 and up.

You did not spell out / break out the IDE devices. IE 2 DVDRw drives, If so do you really need two. What number for HDD's 2, or 3. and what size. You may be able to purchase a single sata HDD that equals all of your HDD. Example a 500/650 Gig Asat HAD for $50 -> $60. Subtract the $15 that you will waste on the controller card and Your now only spending $35 -> $45 more and replacing old HDDs.

If you have two DVD drives then it does not make sense, as you could go to one Sata DVD drive for about $20 -> $25 dollars, ONLY $5 to $10 more than buying a Controller card.

There's an old saying, a penny saved is a penny earnd - But there is also that old saying penny wise, pound fullish. After you up grad that MB, you will at some point upgrade the DVD, and or HDD - Don't wast the money on the controller card unless it is the ONLY way (just can not squess the piggy bank) you can afford at the time.
July 29, 2010 12:07:40 AM

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