Thanks. As it has been about two years since I posted frequently at SR, most may not remember that I am not the average user. I mean, how many people do you know that buy 10 new hard drives a year for only one computer?
I really should have 3GB of RAM as 2GB is barely enough. I am trying to compensate for the limited RAM by using RAID 0 for the 2nd scratch after the 640 RAMdisk 1st scratch. The improvement in performance is quite noticeable between two DM+9 drives software striped compared to a 15K.3 for example. However, I am not now doing so as there are already seven drives in the system. I was thinking of striping a pair of 7K250 or DM+9 drives so there would be four drives always running. This would entail upgrading the PSU and replacing the floppy drive with a hard drive. I don't know if the board supports booting from USB, though.
I read that the P4s were being discounted down to $417 on October, so there would only be about $140 difference between 3.0 and 3.2. Of course I would not be averse to overclocking a little, but my limited experience has been that it is tougher to overclock four modules and that it is cheaper to buy a faster CPU than faster RAM. Maybe I would care about all the RAM timings and such if I were playing the video games, but I was planning to buy something solid with ECC like Crucial PC3200. So I figure the total would be reasonable at <$1100. (Somehow I have gone over my personal hardware budgets again this year, $5K for computers already, not to mention $10K on the Canon side. See what happens when there is no Julie.)