Am I right in thinking that I don't need a SATA HDD for a while? The HDDs I'll be using are both ATA/100.
Yeah, there's no real advantage to SATA right now other than it's easier to wire and allows for better air-flow.
What is the difference between nForce3 and nForce4 on the 939 boards?
The primary difference is that Nforce 4 has PCI-Express, Nforce 3 does not.
Also, Nforce 4 has SATA 3.0Gb/s
If I'm not planning to overclock anything (my apologies if this is sacrilege in these fora), do I need all of the fans?
I'm no longer sure which fans you should buy. Newegg seems to have botched up that item listing. The photos show the same case that I bought last year, the Signature Series II (grey), but the Manufactuer's link and model number show something different.
I'm waiting on the Newegg Webmaster for a response on this.
It seems like PCIe is the wave of the future as far as graphics are concerned, yes? If so, then to eek out as much performance/life out of this thing, I think I'm better off going with PCIe instead of AGP. Agree?
Yeah, buying a 9800 Pro would cost you about the same amount, but it will be a much poorer perfomer.
Not to mention, the next generation of graphics cards may not support AGP at all.
As far as case goes, I have no interest in anything that looks like a samurai head or some sort of alien. I'm pretty much a khakis and polo kind of guy and this machine will go in the office and be used mostly by my wife.
Did you look at the case I linked you to? I've still got to figure out if it's really the Signature Series II case, or some other case. I'm waiting on the Newegg Webmaster on this one.
Again, thanks for the input and continued help.