I was going to hold off on upgrading my computer for awhile longer, but now it seems I am going to be forced to do so--else this rather expensive purchase will just sit and gather dust. And to think I just got dual monitor support setup just for this occasion. I think I can get away with only a motherboard, processor, and memory.
I'm not sure if the Athlon XP and the Athlon I have (which is a socket variety, not a cartridge one...it's not *that* old, although I do have another machine with a first-gen cartridge Athlon) have compatible sockets to where I can just swap processor only on my computer as it stands. That might be a good temporary solution if it would work. I shall investigate further *after* I get this project I'm working on (had to reinstall Premiere 5 since I can't use Premiere Pro) done.