Im buying the MSI Mpower 1155 mobo . It has two sata 6 ports and four sata 3 ports . I'm thinking of starting with a 128g sata 6 like possibly the Samsung 840 pro for my os , antivirus and programs and some storage till I buy another . Once my storage starts filling up I was planning on sata 3 drives for bulk storage. This is all new to me so please correct me if I'm way off .. Thanx in advance
Yes, for a sata III (6) SSD and stick on sata 6 port.
HDDs, buy either Sata II or Sata III HDD and stick on SATA II port.
.. SATA III HDD do not saturate a sata II so only advantge placing on a sata III port is burst speed which is NO biggy. AND you only have the two sata III ports - The 2nd one reserved for your "2nd" SSD.
As Dereck47 indicated, best bet is go with the newer Sata III SSDs.
As a Side comment the biggest boost placing a SATA III SSD on Sata III is in sequencial performance, which is the least important paramer for a OS + Program drive. There is not a significant boost in 4 K random performance which is the Main factor in OS + Progrm drive.
Example, Last night I stuck a OLD WD Blu SSD (Sata II) in my core-2-duo Laptop (Sata II) and win 7 loads in under 20 sec. Vs 15 sec for my Crucial M4 (Sata III SSD) in my i5-2410M (sata III) laptop.
Im trying to avoid hdd's altogether due to space restrictions and the overall design of my build , also , due to budgetary constraints with this build I was planning on a single sata III 128 to get started then follow with higer capacity sata III 's as my budget allows and diminishing space requires . I know using sata III's in a sata 'II may not be ideal but I'll likely upgrade to a better mobo with more sataIII ports in a year or two so I guess my thinking is to eventially have perhaps a pair of 128's and a pair of 256's .. that being said I'm going to re-read all your posts and try to learn a thing or two