Ok, I'm going to have to read up on this more by the looks of things as it's still well beyond my knowledge base. Little home truth here is that I don't actually own a PC of any sort and scrape by on equipment that I borrow from work (I really am that poor!) I do have a couple of Raspberry Pis however, and can always linux-boot the work PCs but I doubt they'll have the necessary connections so will have to construct a peripheral of some sort.
I would really appreciate any good links you might have so that I can read myself in on this topic!
As a side note I did manage to dig up a schematic for a RTD2660 board online, but don't know how much it can be trusted. Does anyone have something in that department?