New build, on a budget


  1. Posts : 1,529
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    New build, on a budget


    Hi

    Iím looking at a Mobo with 8 sata ports, hope to use the CPU int graphics, as my needs arenít high, I put this together

    One question is, if I swop,out my SSD for an M2 at some time in the future, will I lose some of my sata ports, or the PCIe slot in case i decide to go with a. Separate graphic card, have researched this but itís not clear to me

    Part List - Intel Core i5-7500 - PCPartPicker

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    Hi.

    I can't speak for an Intel board, but my AMD board did not lose any SATA ports when I installed my main M2 drive. Although, if I add a second M2, I do lose a port or two. I suspect that Intel boards are the same as it would make absolutely no sense at all to kill a SATA port to install a primary M2 drive.

    You also shouldn't lose a PCIe slot for your graphics card. My M2 drive lives happy and content under my GPU, even with the heatsink on it, and there was no limitation on the PCIe ports with the first M2 drive.
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    Thread Starter
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    Does this look a good budget option ?
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    It would be good to look in the manual for your chosen motherboard.
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  5. Posts : 338
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    I had a look at the motherboard manual. If you install a M2 x4 PCIe drive (not SATA) you will lose the PCIe X4 lane, meaning that your PCIe X4 connector will not work.

    New build, on a budget-mobo2.jpg

    This is usually not a problem, unless you were planning on using three graphics cards. As for losing your SATA ports, have a looksie at the following table for a discussion on how the SATA ports work with the M2 drive connectors:

    New build, on a budget-mobo1.jpg

    It looks like the best thing that you can do is use an M2 in PCIe mode in the M2H_32G slot, not SATA. This will mean the loss of a PCIe connector, but who uses the X4 connector anyway?

    I think you've picked a solid motherboard here. If you choose the right M2 drive and configure it properly, you should get amazing performance out of it. If I may suggest a good drive, try the Samsung 980 Plus. It's a PCIe X4 drive and they just scream performance. Mine is blisteringly fast.

    Anyway, enjoy the new PC.
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    I woulden't buy a 7th gen, it is a dead end, no official win11 support and surely wont be able to use win12.

    8th gen is much better in every way and cheaper than what you have listed. More cores, more power efficient, officially supports win11 .Already posted about it on this thread.
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    SIW2 said:
    I woulden't buy a 7th gen, it is a dead end, no official win11 support and surely wont be able to use win12.

    8th gen is much better in every way and cheaper than what you have listed. More cores, more power efficient, officially supports win11 .Already posted about it on this thread.
    So what would be the best budget 8th gen ? I want to keep the cost down, W11 not really a concern, so is 7th gen still viable, as far as I can see the mobo selected does not support 8th gen ?
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    300 series motherboards support 8th and 9th gen.

    310, or 360 or 365. The 365 have more pcie lanes and more connections and are typically £50-55. You would need to add a pcie adapter ( about £15 ) to get 2 additional sata ports.

    b365 In addition to 1 pcie x16 there is 1 pcie x4 and 2 pcie x1 and a full speed m2 nvme x4 slot. 6 usb3 ports . It has 6 sata ports so an adapter in one of the pcie x1 slots is all you need.

    For the needs you describe, a g5400 cpu (£15) or an i3 8100 ( or i3-9100 ) might be all you need. However the i5-8400 is so cheap now (£30 ) might as well get it.

    cex i5-8400

    The ram you selected wil be fine.

    If you add that up it is around £135 - £140
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    Do you need to have 8 sata disks connected all the time?

    Possibly a better solution is to use hotswap caddies and just slip in whatever disk you need to access at the time.

    Saves needing so many sata ports. Saves power and wear and tear on the disks. Saves electricity. Lowers post time


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