Alright, so just to avoid confusion on my part I'm going to go ahead and just order a copy of Windows 7 Full Version straight from Microsoft. Then I'm going to order a new hard drive and optical drive for it. I read just to be sure and saw that DVD Burners can also read, so I'm assuming that I can just spring for a cheap $25 burner and have it read the DVDs to install Windows, right?
As far as plugging things up, my case, in addition to an eSATA (what is this for, by the way?), 2 USB ports, and an speaker and mic in the front, has a cable labeled "AC'97" on it. I was able to figure out where to plug in the USB and eSATA cords, but I can't figure out where it goes. I looked it up and I guess it has something to do with the audio, but I don't have a sound card (I also read that most motherboards come with an integrated sound card?). Should I worry about it?
And I also notice that I'm going to have a lot of extra cables just lying around (mainly coming from my PSU). Am I going to need to do something about it or should I not have this kind of problem? I'm guessing I should probably buy a couple zip ties while I'm at it--
Last question, when popping out those slots in the back and front to fit DVD drives and the video card I accidentally took out one too many. What can I do so there won't be a gaping hole where there shouldn't be?
This is turning out to be a bit of a headache-- educational, but a pain in the freaking ass.
So, these are what I was considering buying. Amazon only because of super-shipper-savings. If there's better deals elsewhere, I'd love to know.
(for wifi back in my apartment; considering getting the pci adapter, though)