I'm looking to put together a cheap, bare bones system to run overnight encoding jobs, big downloads, etc. so i don't have to keep my main system running all the time in the summer heat. At the same time, my main computer right now - a P4 1.3 - is getting a little long in the tooth, so possibly, I would like to upgrade the CPU, RDRAM, and optical drive of my original and use the old components along with a few new purchases to build the bare bones system. But considering the age of the components and chipset/cpu, does anyone think it would be more trouble than it's worth following this approach? (especially with the cost of RDRAM). BTW- a new mobo means a new case/power supply since my Dell uses a proprietary design.
Also- one more specific question- what currently available DVD-ROM is best? I will be using it to read Ritek R02 DVD+Rs burned with a Lite On 851S and read game backups made by that same 851S. For about $30, it's worth it to never hear "hide-atip" again .
I'm not a complete noob, but I'd really appreciate the input of all of you who keep up with hardware news and have experience with some of these components .