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.
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?
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.