I just bought this mobo http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... and was wondering if I should be ok using an IDE optical and a SATA HDD with it? I have heard IDEs are better for optical but I really know nothing about this stuff (building my first rig) and read it's not good to mix IDE and SATA devices. Can anyone shed some light on this?
I use IDE Optical and SATA HD's on several of my systems. It's no problem. You should be able to buy an Optical drive supporting the read/write speeds you want whether IDE or SATA. IDE cables are wide and much larger than a thin SATA cable. So an IDE cable may block air flow and cramp up the space. SATA interface requires no jumpers like IDE does.