Geehawk: Thank you for your reply and recommendations. I looked at the user reviews for this board at NewEgg; some were good and some had problems with this board. I'm not into overclocking. I need a board that is easy to set up and with which the Intel core duo E8400 processor is fully compatible. My video and audio needs will probably be addressed with good video and sound cards.
My main reason for upgrading is to be able to more easily deal with resource usage. My P4 maxes out regularly.
Maybe you can help with other questions associated with the gigabyte mobo. I have been using EIDE hard drives because I can put my os on one (C Drive) and move files to my second hard drive (D Drive) so that if a problem occurs and I have to reload windows I lose no files because they are on D Drive. I also use two external usb hard drives for storage and backup. I know SATA is faster but I'm concerned if I use 2 SATA drives and something gets fouled up and I have to reload windows, I lose my other files as well. My understanding is that data is shared by both SATA hard drives.
Is there a way to set up the SATA drives so that data can be separated as I do with my current EIDE drives? (OS on one and other files on the other).
OR, does it make any sense to run one SATA and one EIDE drive and try to keep things separate that way? You can tell that I'm rather confused about how I can get this thing working the way I'd prefer it to work.
With this mobo would I still be able to run my two Samsung cdroms/burners and my floppy drive?
Would I be able to add and run a dvd burner?