Hi and welcome to the forum
If you want a sata drive, the first thing you have to check is if your mainboard supports sata burners. In older mainboard sata controllers are able to support only hard disks and can give problems if used with a burner.
What mainboard do you have?
What problems do you have exactly with IDE ribbons? These are certainly cumbersome, but if cables are not damaged I can't see any trouble with them. Maybe you can consider to get round IDE cables, that are more flexible and allow a better air circulation inside the case
About the new burner, do you have some special needs? For example, do you want a Lightscribe drive or not? Do you want to do scans of burned discs or not? Do you need a combo drive to read also Blu-ray discs or are you planning to burn also Blu-ray discs or you don't mind ablut Blu-ray at all?