View Full Version : Question about building a new desktop box.

03-30-2007, 06:35 PM
It's time for me to replace my poor old PC at home and this time I've decided to build one. I used to build PCs back when the CPU chip names all ended in '86', and enough PCs go through my office that I stay fairly up-to-date on new technology. My question is this: Can I boot a desktop PC from a SATA drive?
I was told that the boot drive had to be IDE, floppy, or USB by a co-worker who's pretty good with PCs, but I don't believe him. Can anyone confirm or deny this for me?

BTW, this is what I'm building in case anyone is interested. I welcome any comments or suggestions. :thumbup:

1 Thermaltake VD3000SNA Silver Aluminum ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail
Model #: VD3000SNA
Item #: N82E16811133019
1 GIGABYTE GA-965P-DS3 LGA 775 Intel P965 Express ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
Model #: GA-965P-DS3
Item #: N82E16813128012
1 SAPPHIRE 100196L Radeon X1950PRO 512MB GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Video Card - Retail
Model #: 100196L
Item #: N82E16814102075
1 APEVIA ATX-AS600W-BL ATX12V / EPS12V 600W Power Supply - Retail
Model #: ATX-AS600W-BL
Item #: N82E16817148025
1 Intel Core 2 Duo E6600 Conroe 2.4GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80557E6600 - Retail
Model #: BX80557E6600
Item #: N82E16819115003
2 A-DATA 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model ADQVE1A16K - Retail
Model #: ADQVE1A16K
Item #: N82E16820211066
1 Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3250620A 250GB 7200 RPM IDE Ultra ATA100 Hard Drive - OEM
Model #: ST3250620A
Item #: N82E16822148143
1 Microsoft Comfort Curve Black USB Wired Ergonomics Keyboard 2000 - Retail
Model #: B2L-00002
Item #: N82E16823109149
1 BenQ FP222WH Black 22" 5ms DVI Widescreen HDMI LCD Monitor - Retail
Model #: FP222WH
Item #: N82E16824014139
1 Microsoft Basic Optical Q66-00029S Black 3 Buttons 1 x Wheel USB + PS/2 Wired Optical Mouse - OEM
Model #: Q66-00029S
Item #: N82E16826105048
1 LITE-ON Black SATA DVD-ROM Drive Model SHD-16S1S-05 - OEM
Model #: SHD-16S1S-05
Item #: N82E16827106039
1 LITE-ON 20X DVD±R DVD Burner With 12X DVD-RAM Write Black SATA Model LH-20A1S - Retail
Model #: LH-20A1S
Item #: N82E16827106057
1 JBL Creature II 40W 2.1 Speaker - Retail
Item #: N82E16836101011

I'll probably replace the 250Gb Ultra ATA with a couple of smaller SATA drives and set them as a RAID 1 (striped) set for performance.