<<At 40 you would think that some wisdom would surface.>>
LOL...that's the best line I've ever seen posted
Wisdom has little to do with computing and (IMO) younger persons who grow up with PCs...stand a much better chance of learning, adapting, etc. than older persons like myself (too many of whom are intimidated by the fact that technology has moved onward). I know that there are teenagers who post here who know a lot more about various facets of computers than I do (or will)
SATA drives are faster than their IDE counterparts, having been developed more recently. Both will work in a system, as long as the motherboard has connections for each (I have both types of drives in this system).
Everything else is...user preference, regarding drives. I prefer to use the smaller/smallest drive for my O/S installs and programs, while some seem to think it best to use the fastest drives.
I could be more definitive...if I knew the model number for that motherboard. Many of us have Asus boards, they have many models and the specifications/capabilities for each may be different from all others.