I am debating my options for upgrading my boot/storage drives on my new build and wanted some opinions.
Currently I am running a 7200 rpm, 320GB IDE HDD as my lone drive. I have the OS on one partition and my programs/files on another.
This drive was reused from my old PC to save money as it was less than a year old. I am currently running windows XP SP3 (32bit) as my O.S. but I will be adding windows 7 in a dual boot configuration shortly.
I have two options at the moment for upgrading.
Keep the IDE HDD for storage/winXP and add a SSD (~60GB) for my Win7 boot drive along with some select programs
Add an SATA HDD as funds allow down the road.
Upgrade to a single 500GB SATA II Drive and ditch the IDE drive entirely or use for backup duty.
Add an SSD down the road as funds allow.
I have one question though, if I add an SSD or SATA drive and keep the IDE drive as well, will I be able to run the SSD/SATA in AHCI mode or will I have to keep the bios set as IDE for everything in order to keep my old drive happy? My motherboard has both SATA and a single IDE connector.
I am trying to keep the cost reasonable, as I still need to purchase my GPU, I am currently running on the integrated Radeon HD 4250 graphics. I plan to use this PC for both gaming and general use, and the wife will also be using it for photo editing/scrapbooking. I am leaning towards option two since it would be an improvement across the board, but I wanted to get some opinions and also hopefully get an answer to my question regarding the BIOS settings (AHCI vs IDE). Thanks everyone.
This is my current setup:
AMD Phenom II X6 1055T
Stock HS&F for now (Gaia or Hyper 212 coming soon)
MSI 880G-E45 (For now, was part of a microcenter combo deal, planning an upgrade soon, Added Heat Sinks already)
Kingston HyperX Blu 8GB (2x4GB) 1333MHz RAM
320GB 7200RPM IDE HDD (White Label Drive)
Samsung 22x DVD-RW (SATA)
Antec HCGS-620W PSU
Antec Three Hundred Case w/ 4 Fans
Planned: Radeon HD 6870