because I have 2 other 2.5" drives just sitting in my case (screwed down but not very well). But as I said, between my 2x2.5" drives, 3x3.5" drives and my DVD drive my Intel controller is full.
So, here is the plan. My mother-in-law is paying for all this and my limit is $250-$300.
2x Samsung 830 128GB = $180
Bay adapter = $60
Total = $230
Which leaves $20-$70 for a simple SATA card that I can use to attach all my storage drives to (1x3.5" and the 2x2.5"). Or I can skip the fancy hotswap shenanigans and get something like this:
and increase my SATA card price up to $60-$120.
Can anyone suggest a decent (not going to die on me in the next 2 years) SATA card so I can have all my drives hooked up, and I don't have to start getting external cases for them? I originally wanted a port multiplier but then I discovered Intel doesn't support them (doh!).
Also, can anyone explain how PCI-E lanes work? From what I understand, the P45 only has 16 lanes. Does that mean if I get a PCI-E SATA card, it will pull lanes away from my GTX-460 and reduce its performance? If that is true, then I will probaly do the external-drive thing and call it a day