Im wanting to know how many SATA cables I need and what kind if I want my entire system SATA ready. Im getting an ASUS A8N-SLI Deluxe Socket 939 NVIDIA nForce4 SLI ATX AMD mobo, so I know it is SATA compatible. Should I just count how many IDE ribbons I would have and then that is how many SATA cables I would use? Im using 1 hdd, a dvd-rw, and maybe a slave hdd, thats all I can think of that would use SATA cables, im not sure am I wrong? Thanks

You need a SATA cable for any SATA drive you install. If your current drives are IDE ones, you leave them that way.

If you want to install SATA drives, your mobo should come with plenty of SATA cables in the box, including the 4 pin to SATA power cables. My ASUS P5GD2 premium mobo came with 8 or 10 of them.

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