2. Also, this will be the first time I set up a Sata drive as a master, installing Vista on it. Is there anything I need to learn on how to install and get it up and running since the drive won't be coming with an installation cd?
Click on the product pictures, and click on the one showing all the package contents. Those two red cable in front center with black end connectors are the data cables for SATA drives. They should come with your mobo, unless you got a used one or open box unit with missing items.
When you set up, there are usually three things you need to set in BIOS. By default, some boards have the SATA ports disabled. First thing to do is check the SATA controllers. If they are disabled, change to enabled. Then you need to specify how they will handle the SATA ports. Your choices MAY be: PATA emulation, AHCI, SATA, or RAID. Unless you need RAID, do not do that. PATA emulation is easiest - the mobo makes the SATA drives look like ordinary PATA drives and the OS already has all the drivers it needs to handle that. If you choose SATA you MIGHT have to install drivers in order to use them. Last thing is to go to a separate page in BIOS and specify the boot order. You'll need to tell it that your SATA drive (or emulated PATA) is the boot device, or at least one of them. I often set my system to use the sequence: floppy (I have one), then DVD/CD drive, then SATA HDD unit 0.