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My SATA is I think from 2008 or so. Would it hold my system's performance much, assuming that I buy all the other modern parts? Would the difference be noticeable? I am mainly going to use my PC for gaming.
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Are you talking about your motherboard? Your HDD? You need to be a little bit more specific when opening a thread, give us some information and we can try to answer your question thumb.gif If you're talking about a HDD what type is it? Which sata type does it have? i.e. 1.5Gb/s? 3Gb/s? Most HDD's aren't hindered by 3Gb/s compared to the newer 6Gb/s spec.

If you're talking about a motherboard, what type of system is it? AMD, Intel? Sata I? II? III?
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Are you talking about your motherboard? Your HDD? You need to be a little bit more specific when opening a thread, give us some information and we can try to answer your question thumb.gif If you're talking about a HDD what type is it? Which sata type does it have? i.e. 1.5Gb/s? 3Gb/s? Most HDD's aren't hindered by 3Gb/s compared to the newer 6Gb/s spec.
If you're talking about a motherboard, what type of system is it? AMD, Intel? Sata I? II? III?

Sorry about that. I am talking about a HDD. It's a 1.5Gb/s HDD.
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Your hard drive wouldn't affect the read/write performance much since hard drives usually hit about 1.5Gb/s in terms of maximum sequential reads/writes. Hopefully you'll have an SSD to complement that so that you won't get bogged down by a slow boot drive (aka don't install your OS on the HDD).
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Your hard drive wouldn't affect the read/write performance much since hard drives usually hit about 1.5Gb/s in terms of maximum sequential reads/writes. Hopefully you'll have an SSD to complement that so that you won't get bogged down by a slow boot drive (aka don't install your OS on the HDD).

No, unfortunately I will not have an SSD. They cost a lot. So basically you are saying that if I will not have a SSD my system will be slower than it would be with a modern hard drive?
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No, unfortunately I will not have an SSD. They cost a lot. So basically you are saying that if I will not have a SSD my system will be slower than it would be with a modern hard drive?

No it won't be any slower. Transfer rates will be about the same as what they are now. Also SSD's are very affordable now, especially with Black Friday coming up and a lot of top of the line SSD's (ie Samsung 830) only costing about $70 for 128GB. If you wanted you could get a smaller SSD since all you would need is the OS on it with all programs/games/media on the hard drive.
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My SATA is I think from 2008 or so. Would it hold my system's performance much, assuming that I buy all the other modern parts? Would the difference be noticeable? I am mainly going to use my PC for gaming.

It's not going to hold back your frame rates (FPS) but general performance would be behind compared to if you were to get an SSD.
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Storage is the single biggest performance chokepoint of most systems - if you upgrade your storage you can usually make to make a system feel far faster.

Reusing your old drive (what is it? Brand and capacity, please!) will make a new system feel far slower than if you buy a new drive. Most people here recommend having an OS SSD and storage HDD... but if you have trouble managing multiple drive letters, even a fast hard drive (like a WD10EZEX) will be a huge improvement over whatever you've got.
     
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