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    Socket 775 motherboard with 2 x

    I hope someone with more knowledge than me can help...

    My motherboard has gone kaput (socket 939), so I'm going to upgrade on the cheap to a socket 775 Mo'Board.

    HOWEVER, all of my 4 existing drives are IDE (I don't want to replace them), and the only 775's I can find have just one ATA-controller (allowing just 2 of my 4 drives to run).

    Please does anyone know of any such animal that is socket 775 and has 2 ATA controllers on board? I'm getting fed up with the whole thing!

    Cheers

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    This must be hot seeing as you posted it twice :whistling:

    Original Poster

    Sorry, the computer I'm borrowing to try and order stuff to fix my blown up one is rubbish too!! If you can follow that sentence...

    Struggling deleting the other one... grrrrr.

    livid_chimp;1586929

    Sorry, the computer I'm borrowing to try and order stuff to fix my blown … Sorry, the computer I'm borrowing to try and order stuff to fix my blown up one is rubbish too!! If you can follow that sentence...Struggling deleting the other one... grrrrr.



    Done :thumbsup:

    Most if not all socket 775 mobos have at least 1 if not 2 PATA/IDe slots

    Certainly the last 5 I have bought and all them were socket 775 and all had 2 slots.

    IDE is still common for DVD burners and all that.

    Original Poster

    Ryouga - could you name some that have 2 please? 1 is good, but it's not good enough!

    Original Poster

    & thanks emasu!

    An ASUS P5NE SLI is a good mbo with 2x IDE ports:- ebuyer.com/pro…082

    expensive but worth it IMO

    Not sure offhand, but MSI 7301 has 2,

    Original Poster

    That's exactly the sort of thing I'm after, but with less bells and whistles (i.e. cheaper!)

    At least I know they exist now though!

    MSI 7301 is £18 on Ebay delivered but doesnt have the back faceplate(i.e the metal bit that has holes in) and not the best mobo, as the PCI slots stink, I had 3 of them and my tv card and wireless card were incompatable

    Original Poster

    Rep added to both, thanks.

    I'll keep the thread open though if that's OK in the hope of a perfect suggestion coming my way!

    Many of the Socket 775 motherboards are now being built without any IDE connections and most only have 1. I think your best solution is to install an IDE controller card in one of the PCI slots, these are relatively cheap - here's a link to one for £10.52 + P&P:
    aria.co.uk/Pro…137
    Going down this route will allow you to choose a motherboard without worrying about it's IDE connectors.

    Its all down to the chipset - all (I think) new Intel boards have only one PATA connector, where as most other chipsets still have two.

    jah128;1587899

    Its all down to the chipset - all (I think) new Intel boards have only … Its all down to the chipset - all (I think) new Intel boards have only one PATA connector, where as most other chipsets still have two.


    No, the nforce 610, 630, 680 and 780 only have 1 IDE connector. Many of the Intel boards have no connectors! Remember - 1 x IDE connector will connect 2 IDE devices.
    Currently, the nforce 4 appears to be the only socket 775 solution to natively support 2xIDE connectors and it is pretty expensive if you can find one.
    The nforce 650 @ebuyer referred to above is the only 650 solution I can find with 2 IDE connectors. That suggests the 650 chipset does not natively support it and Asus have done something special to allow it to happen.

    Original Poster

    Cheers again to everyone that has submitted. Rep given (I'm new here, hope I'm not giving it out too 'willy-nilly'!)

    I also found this one at Ebuyer:
    ebuyer.com/pro…039
    MSI P6N SLI-F v2 650i SLI

    Ticks all the boxes, only it's nearly more expensive than the CPU and RAM put together... :-(

    Theres a cheap controller at ebuyer ]here (£8) which might be a better option if your after a particular motherboard. Another alternative might be to get a couple of hard-drive caddies and have them as external USB (backup) drives - slower but potentially useful (and then you can get a nice quick new SATA drive inside..) - ]these are under £12 each...
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