Controller card Firewire questions...

By B0rb0rigmus
Mar 3, 2005
  1. Hey everyone, I'm sorry if this is in the wrong section, but since I have no idea what one is, I have no idea where this question really belongs.

    I know what a controller card is, and no idea of what a firewire is.

    I've not started building my system yet, but I just got, what I believe to be, the final piece yesterday. I'm guessing you'll need to know what I have, in order to tell me if I need one or both, so here goes:

    AMD AthlonXP 3200+ w/ 400FSB
    Abit NF7-S v2.0
    Thermaltake Volcano 11+ HSF
    512mb RAM from Crucial (1 Stick for now)
    Hitachi 80GB SATA HD w/ 7200RPM 8MB cache
    ATI Radeon 9550 128MB AGP 8x/4x
    Lite-On 52X32X52 +16X CD RW/DVD ROM
    Standard Floppy Drive

    Near as I can tell, a controller card will let me use a SATA drive w/ my MoBo. But do I still need one if the MoBo is already able to accommodate a SATA drive?
    I'm guessing that there are different controller cards and they work like adapters for components that would not usually work together... or something.

    And I have no foggy idea what Firewire means/is.

    Thanks in advance,
  2. andygibbs

    andygibbs TS Rookie Posts: 60

  3. B0rb0rigmus

    B0rb0rigmus TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Excellent! Now why didn't that come up on Google? :suspiciou

    Thank you!!!
  4. RealBlackStuff

    RealBlackStuff TS Rookie Posts: 6,503

    If you don't plan on hooking a camcorder up to that PC, you won't need firewire either.
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