"I need a second computer so i can torture this one w/o no loss of gaming or anything."
Well, what you gotta do - you gotta do.[^]
"I believe it is a VIA chipset with an AWARD bios ( if that even matters)"
In end of the ends, if you can more or less happily survive with hard disk(s) running in PIO, rather than DMA, mode, why not to?! This would close the case.
But please consider the next picture. You leave your house onto a street of PC users of all the variety of knowledge and experience in the matter. And you tell them, just by the way, that are running system without wish to implement the available updates and upgrades but do have some issues...
Well, if I had heard that, I'd say: there is something wrong with either your PC or you, I'm sorry of saying this.
It may be already over for the existing PC but when buying a new one, you should ask yourself: "What's the reason of getting a cheapo stuff? To constantly carry out time losses at all the times because it's impossible to get best out of it? To handily have a subject for over the WEB discussions?".[:0]
When intellectual values trashed, not me who gets over.
Am I obligated to mark broken environment?
2003-09-18. Time to depart the board...