I have decided to buy a GTX 560 Ti Twin Frozr ii but I dont know what the best HDD I can get which works with my system.
I want at least 500gb and 7200rpm while still being reasonably cheap.
By the way, I know everyone keeps saying I should of gone down the intel road (i5 2500k) but Im really only going to use my pc for surfing the internet and casual gaming and I have a kinda tight budget.
no problem on the help thing. i missed the extra storage, so it's probably not a bad deal to buy that hdd. I just happen to be partial to the Caviar blues and blacks . mechanical hdds have a hard time maxing out sata 2 so i wouldn't worry too much. 3GB/s are SATA 2.
You want some SATAIII connections on the motherboard to use with fast SSD drives. They already have drives that max out this connection.
No hard drive exists which can max out SATAII.
Most motherboards have at least two SATAIII aka "SATA6" (600MB/sec) connections. Any SATA drive can connect to SATA1, II or III connections and the bottleneck will depend on the connection speed or the drive (obviously a fast SATAIII SSD in a SATA1 connection will run at 1/4 it's potential.)
All power supplies have SATA power connections. There are also adapters for the old style MOLEX 4-pin connectors (5-volt I believe).
You're not buying an SSD, right? if that's the case, what you've picked out is just fine. You have SATA 2 and a HDD that does not max it out. If you plan on adding an SSD later (most people build these in from the beginning since it adds the step of a windows reinstall later to use the SSD as a boot drive, an another step when converting the HDD to a data drive).
You picked a full ATX case and a micro-ATX motherboard. You should either get a smaller case or better yet a full-size ATX motherboard.
A micro-ATX motherboard fits inside the case but then you have a slightly larger than necessary computer.
*My ATX motherboard seems to have lots of expansion slots but note the following:
- my audio card runs hot so I wanted a gap between it and the graphics card. Slot wasted.
- my graphics card uses two slots but wastes a third because the fan would be too close to another card.
So I uses FIVE slots for two cards. If it had been a micro-ATX motherboard I might not have much left. Just FYI.
- AMD CPU's aren't recommended for gaming PC's.
- get a non-stock HSF for your CPU
- get a case with front USB3 connectors and USB3 Front Panel on the motherboard if possible
I see some issues and don't mind recommending a different build option if you want. I'd need to know your budget and your usage.