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Are they bought separately? First time building a computer and I've seen computer-building videos where the builder used SATA cables and IDE cables to connect the HDD to the motherboard
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Are they bought separately? First time building a computer and I've seen computer-building videos where the builder used SATA cables and IDE cables to connect the HDD to the motherboard
If you buy a motherboard, most come with one, ive done a few builds and they all came with one. a hdd only uses one or the other ,however ide is outdated and i would recommend a sata hdd
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Are they bought separately? First time building a computer and I've seen computer-building videos where the builder used SATA cables and IDE cables to connect the HDD to the motherboard
It depends, usually they will come with the motherboard, but if not, then you can generally buy them separately for a few dollars.
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so I don't need to use or have an IDE cable correct? it's perfectly fine to use simply SATA cables to connect to motherboard and power supply?
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I think all of my motherboards came with one IDE and two SATA cables.
    
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so I don't need to use or have an IDE cable correct? it's perfectly fine to use simply SATA cables to connect to motherboard and power supply?
if you have a sata hdd and compatible motherboard, then yes
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i find quite a few in old dead pcs hahaha
but yeah you can find them around

sata -------------------------> ide
ide is quite out dated and quite big compaired to sata cables
    
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no such thing as ide cables
do you mean PATA cables
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so I don't need to use or have an IDE cable correct? it's perfectly fine to use simply SATA cables to connect to motherboard and power supply?
Yes SATA is fine as long as the drive is actually a SATA drive. Essentially everything is SATA now. IDE is pretty much dead. I think some CD drives are still IDE but most are SATA. I don't know of any current hard drives that are IDE. I would avoid IDE if you can. The only reason I can see for using IDE is if you have some old parts or an old drive that you want to use.
    
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Oh I have this hdd: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB SATA3 6GB/S 7200RPM 64MB Cache 3.5IN Dual Proc Hard Drive OEM. It says SATA3 so does that mean this is a SATA HDD? I wouldn't need IDE for this would I?
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