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The mother board shows SATA on the connectors. I assume I can use SATA 3.0 SSD drives on this computer? This computer was made around the time SATA 3.0 came out. Which is supposed to be 2009. This is the motherboard that is in it. http://www.ebay.com/itm/190795452783?_trksid=p2059210.m2749.l2649&ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT Please spare the jokes on this computer, it's worked well for 3 years. Any thoughts would be very welcome. eMachines® EL1333G Feature Specification Operating System1 Genuine Windows® 7 Home Premium 64-bit AMD Athlon II X2 215 2.7GHz Chipset NVIDIA® GeForce® 6150SE Memory 4 GB of DDR2 667/800 MHz SDRAM (dual-channel support on two DIMMs) Hard Drive1 Serial ATA hard disk 320 GB Optical Drive1 Optical drive options: • SuperMulti drive with Labelflash™ technology • DVD-ROM drive Card reader1 Multi-in-one card reader supporting: • CompactFlash® (Type I and II) • CF+™ Microdrive • MultiMediaCard (MMC) • Reduced-Size MultiMediaCard (RS-MMC) • Secure Digital™ (SD) Card • xD-Picture Card™ • Memory Stick™ • Memory Stick PRO™ Expansion Bays One 5.25" drive bay One 3.5" internal drive bay Graphics NVIDIA® GeForce® 6150SE graphics solution, featuring: • Microsoft® DirectX® 9.0 • Shader Model 3.0 • NVIDIA® CineFX™ 3.0 • NVIDIA® nView™ multi-display technology • NVIDIA® Digital Vibrance Control™ 3.0 Audio Embedded high-definition audio with 5.1-channel audio support Network Support LAN: 10/100/1000 Ethernet Modem3 56K ITU V.92, Wake-on-Ring ready Front I/O Ports Five USB 2.0 ports Multi-in-one card reader1 High-definition headphone and microphone jacks Rear I/O Ports Four USB 2.0 ports Two PS/2 ports (keyboard and mouse) Five audio ports Ethernet (RJ-45) LAN port D-sub VGA port Add-In Card Slots One PCI Express ×1 One PCI Express ×16 Power Supply 220 watt BIOS AMI PnP BIOS compatible with SMBIOS 2.4 System Compliance PC 2001, ENERGY STAR®5 Dimensions (W × D × H) 7.1 × 12.4 × 16.3 inches (100 × 315 × 265 mm) Certification FCC, CE, BSMI, CCC, VCCI, CB, MET Software4 eMachines Identity Card eMachines Games eMachines Recovery Management eMachines Updater Adobe® Flash® Player Adobe® Reader® CyberLink® Power DVD Google Toolbar™ Microsoft® Office Home and Student 2007 (Trial) Microsoft® Works Nero® 9 Essentials Norton Internet Security™ 2009 Trial Optional Accessories eMachines PS/2 keyboard and mouse eMachines LCD monitor eMachines speaker 1. Specifications vary depending on model. 2. 64-bit software is required to enjoy the advantages of 64-bit processing. 3. Optional. 4. For models with Windows® 7 Home Premium 64-bit. 5. ENERGY STAR® is supported only on G models.
 
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I kind of doubt it. I have a high-end 2011 laptop that has USB3 ports on it; I think it was one of the first to have them. Should be marked USB3 on the motherboard. I've tried adding USB3 ports to an older desktop and had mixed results. Seems the color blue is associated with USB3. It can provide more power, so a larger trace for V+ and V- may be another visual cue.
 
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Originally Posted By: spackard
I kind of doubt it. I have a high-end 2011 laptop that has USB3 ports on it; I think it was one of the first to have them. Should be marked USB3 on the motherboard. I've tried adding USB3 ports to an older desktop and had mixed results. Seems the color blue is associated with USB3. It can provide more power, so a larger trace for V+ and V- may be another visual cue.
Hes talking about SATA, not USB. SATA is backwards compatible. Your computer likely only has SATA2 ports; all that will happen is your maximum transfer rate will be limited to the SATA2 limit. My Samsung 830 is handicapped in this way to, does not hurt it, only slows it to around 260MB/s instead of 520MB/s read and 400MB/s write. Its still way faster than a regular HDD. Edit: Yeah, I confirmed the chipset on that motherboard (nVidia nForce 430 MCP) has SATAII.
 
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Originally Posted By: oilboy123
I thought I read something about backward compatibility. That sounds good.
Yup, your new SATA III drive will work in SATA II mode just fine, other than decreased speed. I've done the same thing in my old Dell desktop from 2008.
 

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Yes I noticed the 2 site prices. I have amazon prime as well. I'm trying to decide on the size now. If I'm just using the SSD for the OS and using a back up drive I'm thinking 128GB is sufficient from what I have read.
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Wow, tigerdirect is expensive! Much cheaper on amazon. You can even get the 240GB for a little more than $100!
 
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Originally Posted By: oilboy123
I'm surmising that a 128 GB SSD would be sufficient for this computer. I was going to set it up as the primary drive and use my 1 TB usb drive as the storage drive.
This is exactly how I have set up my Dell desktop. The SSD hold the OS and programs, the secondary drive holds storage. Startup and shutdown times are phenomenal! Make sure to set up the SSD as an AHCI drive.
 

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Yes I will have some reading to do to make sure I set it up right. I just bought a 128GB Samsung SSD.
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Originally Posted By: oilboy123
I'm surmising that a 128 GB SSD would be sufficient for this computer. I was going to set it up as the primary drive and use my 1 TB usb drive as the storage drive.
This is exactly how I have set up my Dell desktop. The SSD hold the OS and programs, the secondary drive holds storage. Startup and shutdown times are phenomenal! Make sure to set up the SSD as an AHCI drive.
 
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