Re: PC3200 DDR upgrade
Man, isn't anything wrong with asking questions before spending money.
Quick Answer: The problem in what your looking at is the socket types are incompatible. I do not know which P4 you have. I could guess but i would not be certain. The P4 processor family was quite large
I knew you probably were not interested in a new computer Build but..... I'm gonna try lay this out for you.
The system that you are telling/showing me about has an intel P4 CPU using old DDR ram.
This tells me that you have an an older P4 CPU on a motherboard probably designed for an even earlier model P4 then you have. Whats does this mean? It means you are several technology advancements back, and you are using what is now considered "Legacy Hardware".
This is is important because when you are working with legacy hardware things get though to find and value is hard to obtain etc.
Here is one of many possible examples:
Manufactures stop producing this legacy hardware, or produce it on as needed basis. This causes a supply and demand situation. The supply has stopped, but as these older computers start failing demand is created. This pushes prices up on the existing legacy hardware on the market. So now this DDR ram you need, and now a motherboard that we are trying to couple your P4 processor with, are going to cost a lot more then it should (possibly the same as replacing all three parts with newer technologies would cost).
The prices almost always inflate when dealing with legacy hardware as well as limited availability. We could sit here and debate the reasons surrounding this all day long, but we won't.
Bottom line, its probably gonna be a better idea to build a new one. Although Price the differences and then compare and decide. To help drive this home I think NewEgg carries less then 5 of these boards(i'm guessing)