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December 10, 2011 7:14:09 PM

This Christmas I am going to be upgrading my current computer and I have some questions about the Sata interfaces.

When I upgrade my computer will be:
AMD Phenom II x4 965
8Gb's ddr3 1333mhz RAM
xfx radeon HD 4890 1gb
ASRock 970 EXTREME3 MotherBoard
Corsair Force Series 3 90Gb Sata III 6Gb/s

The current Hard Drive I have is a Sata II 250gb 7200rpm and my question is:
Can I run the SSD and the HDD at the same time and have the SSD Running at full speed? (I'm worried that it may slow down to Sata II with the HDD running too) I just want to have my more graphically advanced games like Battlefield 3 on the SSD and have movies, pictures, music etc on the HDD.

If I can run the SSD and HDD at the same time without loosing speed, should I install windows 7 to the SSD or the HDD?

I was thinking putting windows 7 on the SSD along with Skyrim and Battlefield 3, I just want another opinion on which drive to use as the one for my OS.

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December 11, 2011 5:42:39 PM

Put the OS on the SSD for boot times but everything else should be on the HDD or you'll run out of space.
SSD will be slightly faster for game load times but not noticeably in play. And 2 seconds saved in a 2 hour session? Not worth it.
December 11, 2011 6:05:01 PM


Also, Will running the HDD at the same time as the SSD drag the SSD's speed down to Sata II b/c the HDD is sata II? << I'm worried about this :??: 
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December 11, 2011 6:52:16 PM

Sorry, I don't know the answer to that. I don't see why it should but a guru may be needed here.
December 11, 2011 6:57:41 PM

Best answer selected by smeelo.
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December 11, 2011 7:20:09 PM

90 GB should easily fit the OS and those 2 games tho expect the windows footprint to grow and grow over time.