I currently am running what was originaly a Dell Dimension 8100 with Pentium 4 1.3 ghz and 512mb of RDRam pc800-45 (4x128). I have updated several components over the years but it is obviously outdated. Knowing that I have been buying componenets for a new system as funds allow. You should know that I play several online games, use photoshop, 3D studio Max, and autocad regularly and have been just dealing with the lack of performance. I am handicapped and am forced to reside in bed approximatly 22 hours per day so my set up is a crucial part of life. Reliability is very imortant factor as any thing that goes wrong requires a family member or friend to head to the local comp store or order parts online. This morning my system took what is I believe it's last breath. Christmas has made funds very tight but spending cash on the Dell is a waste in my opinion. I waited to buy my motherboard and cpu last so they would be as current as possible when I bought them but now I have to scramble to finish the new box. My dilema is this I have 4x128 blocks of RDRam from my Dell and believe from all of read that it limits my choices for motherboard/cpu combination considerably. I know that I could probably reuse my motherboard (assuming that is not the source of the collapse this morning) but my new hard drives have S-ata 300 hookups not supported by my board and the adapter card is probably close to the board price anyway. I am looking for possible ways to get a mobo and cpu for the rdram or mobo/cpu/ddram and if I should just switch to DDram for more choices? Is AMD a serious option? I know nothing other then what I have read and do they even support RDRam (I don't think so)? Because of the holiday finances I must try to do this for as close to $300.00 as possible. I realize this might not be possible but I need to try because It will be about 90 days until money opens up. I will probably upgrade them later if need be but I certainly don't need "state of the art" to get by until then.
The parts that I have are as follows,
- Thermaltake Armor case
Thermaltake 600w ps
2-WD 7200 320GB sATA300 hd for raid
SB Audigy2 ZS sound (was in Dell still fine for now)
nvidia 5900 A350 ultra graphics (from Dell still ok)
new discs and floppy drive
Any assistance is greatly appreciated. I need to finish this soon but I do need atleast a better then average system. Thanks in advance for your help and your time.