I have an old PC with an Asus P4p 800 SE Mobo (fixed now ), an intel 3.4 Ghz extreme ed. CPU, 2x512 of Kingston DDR 400 (DDR 1 i suppose) ram (this one here ), a Creative PCI (not express) sound card and a 7800 GS Agp video card. The problem is, my sata 1 HDD has many bad sectors and is causing a terrible bottleneck. I need a new HDD and have recently found out that a new SATA 3 HDD is compatible with my current config (albeit at SATA 1 speed, as expected though). Also, my elder brother has tipped me that he has a GTX 8800 PCI Express video card laying around.
I have 2 options:
a) Buy a SATA 3 HDD and be done with it (the easy option). This is also more plausible since I don't have much $ to toss around as you might have realised.
b) Find a SATA 3 Mobo(that supports SATA 3 speeds) that will host ;
1- my intel 3.4 Ghz extreme ed. CPU
2- my Creative PCI (not express) sound card
3- my 2x512 of Kingston DDR 400 (DDR 1 i suppose) ram
4- The GTX 8800 PCI Express video card
5- And a new SATA 3 HDD
It can be a used 2nd hand Mobo. I know the chances are still pretty slim, but wanted to ask nevertheless. My reason for insisting on SATA 3 is it's speed of ~600 MB/ sec. versus ~150 MB/sec. of SATA1, which i presume is a huge difference.
Thanks in advance,
PS: Should I decide to go ahead with option a, what's the maximum amount of storage that is compatible with my ASUS P5B Mobo ? I have conflicting information from different sources as 512 GB, 1TB or 2TB. This is important since i want to go with the most amount of storage i can get away with.
Man you won't get 600MBps with a Sata 3 hdd, ssd maybe but not on a hdd.
It is better you go for a Sata 3 hdd and use it in your old motherboard. Since your CPU is very old, you probably won't find a motherboard that supports the processor also you have to buy ram cards. This will cost a lot of money.
There are some pci Sata 3 expansion cards that you can use. Won't give you the full Sata 3 speeds but will give you more than half of the Sata 3 speeds.
I think that you will be able to run all hard drives of that system once you have installed a bios update.
Trying to find a motherboard that supports DDR1 now is almost impossible. If you do replace the board, I think you will need to pick up a few sticks of DDR3. Despite what the other poster said, it is not very expensive.