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April 25, 2010 11:44:36 AM

Hello everyone. I ordered a pc yesterday:

RAM:Corsair Dominator 4GB DDR3-1600 Intel Core i5/i7 Ram Kit (2 x 2GB, PC3-12800, 8-8-8-24,CMD4GX3M2A1600C8)

HDD:Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB HDD (7200 rpm, Sata 2, WD1001FALS)

GPU:Sapphire Vapor-x 5870 SVGA (PCI-Express, GDDR, 1G)

I wanted the gigabyte GA-p55A-UD3 Motherboard but there weren't any so I chose GA-p55-usb3. Is there any difference?

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a b V Motherboard
April 25, 2010 11:52:27 AM

The P55A has SATA III as well as USB 3.0.
April 25, 2010 1:09:46 PM

Thanks for your answer!
Will the lack of SATA III affect me?
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a c 178 V Motherboard
April 25, 2010 2:58:08 PM

I wouldn't worry about it, unless you are planning on spending big bucks on an SSD in the foreseeable future... It will be a long time (think - years, not months) before physical hard drives will be able to take advantage (other than caching, of course) of the SATA3 bandwidth; there are - count 'em, exactly two SATA3 SSDs that could take advantage of it, from Crucial, but they don't seem to have their firmware 'together' yet; and ,so far as I know, the Marvell SATA3 ports are unable to handle TRIM in RAIDs. When you see Intel using SATA3 in an ICH, then it'll be time to think seriously about SATA3!
April 25, 2010 4:51:34 PM

I don't plan on buying ssd nor adding a second is it gonna fill my gaming needs and overclocking if I ever decide to go that way? Is there a chance it will hinder my performance? Sorry for asking so much, but I'm kind of paranoid because it's the first system I build by myself...
a c 178 V Motherboard
April 25, 2010 5:05:54 PM

Nah - the Intel ICH's are faster 'n the Marvell SATA3's anyway.. All the 15/17 CPUs are mighty overclckers - pretty much all you need is aftermarket cooling - and you needn't go nuts buying top-end parts - likely any aftermarket cooler will get you close to, or over, 4GHz...