first off.. im a little new to this.. so please.. bear with me.. In your opinions... which do you prefer.. and think is better.. SATA or and IDE connection. Do sata (lets say harddrives) have to be connected in a RAID arrangment? Or can it just be "daisy chained" like you typically would with 2 (or more) HDD's? Also.. can you use both ide AND sata connections if a mobo has support for both? For example.. can i use regular IDE optical drives (3) AND SATA hard drives (2)? Or is it a one or the other type ordeal? Is there any sort of "downside" to having sata drives not configured in a RAID? Id really like to avoid that if possible... because for one.. im not too familiar with it.. and secondly.. ive heard bad stories.