Even though my new board supports SATA i didn't get sata drives just yet. I got regular eide drives for now. I figured i'd do the SATA thing after i got the pc working and after i confirmed that it's stable and all is well. Also, i'm building a bunch of machines so i figured it was the least i could do to relieve myself of some potential headaches getting setup. I definitely plan to experiment with sata though.
Make your own decision, Orb. I'd say, if you're up for the job, go right at it and set up SATA. Then you can tell us (who haven't messed with it yet) how it went and all.