What to upgrade on PC?

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mcseguy9

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So I am getting ready to replace a PC with a better setup and I'm thinking about ways to use this old PC as a server. It has an AMD AthlonXP 1.7 GHz processor in it, a 1 GB stick of RAM, and the mobo is an ASUS A7V8X-X. I was thinking of turning it into a file and print server by adding some storage to it. It natively supports EIDE hard drives. Is it worth it to add hardware to it that will allow it to utilize SATA drives, even if only SATA 1.5? It appears the cost of the drives (from 250 GB up to 400 or 500 GB) aren't that different if you go between EIDE and SATA. What do you think? Part of me wants to go with the newer technology, but I don't know if that's just the geek side of me coming out. Let me know what you think.
 

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Since that board doesn't have SATA you'd need to purchase a SATA controller card, and thats quite an expense considering SATA 1.5Gb/s aren't that much faster then PATA drives(or not at all faster). SATA 3Gb/s drives would be quicker since they support Native Command Qeueing which might help performance. So really a PATA drive might be the wisest choice.

I don't anything else would need to be upgraded if you intend to use it as a file server.
 

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Thanks for the reply. I think I'm going to go with SATA after all simply because it is going to be such a large hard drive (minimum 400 GB) that I can see possibly using it in another system a couple of years down the road.
 
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