Lupin, take my advice as you want, but look for another machine, like a DS10 or XP900~ish, I found the multia to be unreliable with time, give it a try if you want but from my own experience, with the 166Mhz models, they don't have an appropriate cooling, and break easily. The DS10 are dirt cheap and quite capable. I spent a good amount of cash trying to get my multias (please notice: plurial) fixed, not a good deal.
Yes I already own a DS10, an XP1000, a PWS500au, and a 264DP. All with maximum CPU and memory configuration. You could say I'm an Alpha geek.
Mostly I'm looking for something with Alpha processor that I can tinker with that doesn't eat lots of power and make lots of heat like these other machines do.