First of all, I'm new to the board and love it. I'm going to be more or less upgrading my pc this month. Currently its a AMD K-7 Ahtlon 800mhz w/ 256mb ram..gigabyte mobo. I will be replacing this with a P4 setup. Only b/c I'm getting a huge deal I can't pass up. Its a 3.0ghz p4 w/ HT, the intel 865gbf mobo and windows xp pro for $199.99. I don't do alot of gaming. Actually hardly any at all. I only play medal of honor, and plan on playing half life 2 when it comes out. I only need to purchase ram. What brands do you recommend. the board will do dual channel ram too. I was thinking of Kingston Hyper X 400 DDR. I want to do a gig of ram. My main question is the mobo. It does both SATA and IDE. I have 2 drives I'm going to use with this computer from the existing one. They are both WD 80 gig 8mb cache drives. Would it be beneficial to go with SATA drives? I heard they weren't that great. Also, how would you rate this mobo. I never really like going with an intel board, but its part of the deal. I won't be using the integrated sound or video. What do you think?