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SATA 3 vs. 6 questions

I am building my first computer to use for gaming and have a few questions.

I bought the following storage devices and wondered if they plug into the SATA 6 or 3 ports? Since they say they transfer at 6GB/s, I am thinking the SATA 6 ports, but when I searched online it indicated that at least the SSD is a SATA III device. Now I am confused.

My ASUS P8Z77-V motherboard has both Z77 SATA 6 ports and ASMedia SATA 6 ports. Should I use the Z77 ports first (two of them)?

Also, are the cables different for the two SATA ports?

Please help. Thanks!

Hard Drive:
Seagate ST1000DM003

SSD:
sandisk sdssdx-120g-g25
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    gleek48 said:
    I am building my first computer to use for gaming and have a few questions.

    I bought the following storage devices and wondered if they plug into the SATA 6 or 3 ports? Since they say they transfer at 6GB/s, I am thinking the SATA 6 ports, but when I searched online it indicated that at least the SSD is a SATA III device. Now I am confused.

    My ASUS P8Z77-V motherboard has both Z77 SATA 6 ports and ASMedia SATA 6 ports. Should I use the Z77 ports first (two of them)?

    Also, are the cables different for the two SATA ports?

    Please help. Thanks!

    Hard Drive:
    Seagate ST1000DM003

    SSD:
    sandisk sdssdx-120g-g25


    Don't confuse yourself.

    Sata II (SATA 2.0) 3 Gbits/s transfer
    SATA III (SATA 3.0) 6 Gbits/s transfer

    Plug your SSd on the intel sata III ports.
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  3. Thanks! Very helpful. Hopefully the build will not blow up. :)
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