So I designed a setup in order to play more intensive games as SWTOR as my old setup wasn't cutting it. Below are my components. I got my hdd and it wasn't even registering in bios or disk management after cable changes, connector changes, and drivers for Marvel and Intel chipsets were installed. What should I do about my hdd? I have two old ones that are working in which I'm now using but not happy with.
Approximate Purchase Date: Already Purchased
Budget Range: 150 - 250 for new hdd
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, media, surfing web
Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, speakers, monitor, sound card, and case
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: amazon, tigerdirect or newegg
Parts Preferences: Intel, corsair, asus, and evga
Overclocking: I hope to eventually
SLI or Crossfire: Maybe
Monitor Resolution: 1440x900
Additional Comments: I want a reliable harddrive to run os and games from, can do two if necessary.
My questions are, does this setup seem legit? Also what are my options for the hdd since mine arrived DOA? Or is there something I can do with the hdd that I got that I haven't (ie. change cables, connectors, install sata III drivers)? Any feedback and help would be appreciated.
Do you have cable select pins on that model? If so make sure it is set to master. In the BIOS for your motherboard make sure SATA connectors are enabled, if that option is available. Can you describe the sound the hard drive makes when you boot the machine. The system is not overclocked or overvolted as of right now correct?
The system is stock as of right now. I never heard the Seagate Barracuda make any noise when booting, though I wasn't looking for it. There are no cable select pins. My two old hard drives are SATA, but connected on the SATA II connections. They show up, and the two ports for the intel chipset show up, however when the Barracuda is plugged into one of those, it is not present.
One interesting thing to note is that when I connected the hard drive to the Marvell SATA III connectors, when loading the computer took more time to recognize that "there is no hard drive connected to the Marvell."
Yes I had both connected. I changed SATA cables to make sure, and I used all four possible SATA III connection points on the mobo while I left the power connected. It's power is given from the same power cable that is giving the other two working hard drives power.