Well, silly me.
I have 2 old hard drives waiting to be used, and my choice of an old CD-ROM drive or a DVD-RW drive. Unfortunately, none of them have SATA connectors, which seem to be required by the ECS mobo I was considering (according to the wiki). As a second choice, the ASUS M3A78-EM mobo is well documented here (thanks to Sethj), requiring only a separate nVidia card to achieve UI2 with alpha. I know the ASUS board has a single IDE connection, so my question for the masses is this:
Does anybody know if the ASUS board will function with IDE-connected hdd & optical drive?
To my way of thinking, I'd rather get the ASUS board and have to pick up a video card, than get the ECS board and have to pick up a SATA hard drive & a SATA optical drive.