good lord man.....that's like 100 questions in one paragraph =/
What would cost too much? I only went off the parts you had already considered.
The difference between SATA and IDE is the transfer rates.
SATA = 150mb/sec
IDE = (assuming you get an ATA133 drive) is 133mb/sec
The other differences is that SATA has a 10,000RPM hard drive which hauls *** as far as windows loading, file copying is concerned but it's really expensive, that's why I said get a SATA drive but not necessarily the 10K RPM because a normal 7200RPM SATA drive is only like $5 more than normal ATA133 IDE.
And if i do go with SATA can i install my os on it and have it work?
??? I don't understand what you're confused about here.....of course you can install your OS on it...that's what hard drives are for...BUT you need a floppy drive because you have to hit F6 right when the winXP CD first boots up to install the SATA drivers before installing the OS
You'd want the OS on the SATA drive because like I said it has the faster transfer rate and it's pointless to have the slower drive on the OS...so if you get SATA put the OS on it and make the 160gb as backup...you don't need 160gb for an OS anyway..you only really need 25gb-30gb because that's plenty of space for installed programs and just keep whatever other junk you have on the backup.
And whats the difference between a socket 939 and a socket 754.
All you really need to know is the fact that AMD will continue to support and upgrade socket 939 whereas socket 754 has been dropped. Beyond that 754 can't run dual channel and I believe requires registered memory so there's no point in getting 754 especially now that they have the lower AMD64's like 3000+ and 3200+ available for socket 939
How much of a diefference would I notice if I got 939 and a SATA instead of a 754 and IDE?
That's pretty vague, you really can't just compare the two like that.
You don't see a performance increase with Socket 939 it's simply the fact like I said it'll be upgraded and currently has more features to it such as dual channel capabilities for your RAM.
The only thing that's comparable is SATA vs IDE
top IDE is 133mb/sec like I said and SATA is 150mb/sec so you'll notice a faster loading time with windows and overall system speed since your computer has to load all it's info from the HD's.
I guess spending a little extra money could save me in the long run.
That's what it all comes down to. You REALLY want to go with atleast socket 939 and I'm tellin you you'd be better off with a SATA drive, just a normal 7200RPM one and it'll only be like $5 more than a normal ATA 133 drive.
Don't know how big of a drive you want but here's a good drive:
Those HD's can be powered by your normal molex connector or some PSU's now come with SATA power connectors. You will however need a SATA cable if you don't already have one.
Also like I said you HAVE to have a floppy to install windows on a SATA drive, unless you make a slipstream CD which if you don't know what that is then more than likely it'll be more work than you care to do.
There's info on how to create a slipstream CD if you're interested in reading about it.
Believe it means External SATA
that should keep you covered. lol try to keep your next post to one question for me
I'd also like to add that almost all the motherboards i've seen on newegg have both IDE and SATA ports...or am I just retarted?
Yeah what you see is correct....what's retarded about it though? That way you can have more HD's. 1 for each SATA port, two for each IDE. I got 4 myself. 2 HD's on the IDE cable and 1 on each SATA port.
Or you could have your HD's on the SATA ports and have 4 optical devices like 2 cd-roms, and 2 dvd-burners...stuff like that.
It's merely allowing for more connections.