|Overheating of the system affects performance, so I ask myself "is the cooling good enought to prevent overheating?".|
My machines are in the basement, the ambient temperature rarely gets above 70 degrees F. If your system is going to
be in a place where ambient temperature can get high, say 85 degrees F. or above, then you will probably be better
served by using a CPU fan. Otherwise, the original heatsink (even missing a piece for HD mounting) should work just
fine. Mine has, for years.
I was always amazed at people paying lots of money to upgrade I/Os with $100+ disk drives, etc, etc. I just went and
bought a couple of 2.5GB used drives that were something like $50 each at the time. Your 4GB drive would work just
fine for Win98/Win2000 and most distros of Linux. Yes, an external USB drive will work, just remember that this is
USB 1.0, so transfer rates will be on the order of 1/2 MByte per second. Good USB 2.0 can easily 20MBytes/second.
I/Os are fun, but they are just cute little toys for reading Email, web browsing, etc. No sense in getting too crazy
with them! :D
sod ( "The lunatics are on the grass..." )