[QUOTE=96720;2268163]just realized that it is going to cost about the same amount to either order the components to run the SATA drive or buy an IDE drive instead. i was looking at the Optiarc AD-7220A which seems very similar to the AD-7240S except that it is IDE. Would it be more benificial to go SATA or should I just stick to IDE?[/QUOTE]
Why limit your options to IDE only?..particularly when you just purchased an excellent SATA ODD.
JMO, but there’s no contest here.
Take xtacydima’s advice and pop a SATA controller card into a free PCI slot.
I installed a Rosewill RC-212 VIA PCI SATA 1.5G / IDE ATA 133 Controller Card about 18 months ago and it’s been great. Got it for $19.99 back then.