Custom PHP binary for horde

I was considering recommending the Horde time tracking system for use at my work, but before i do, i wanted to mess around with it on my DH accnt. In order to run horde, though, i guess i need to custom compile php with DOM XML and Gettext. Two questions:
1.) Anybody here using horde?
2.) Does anybody already have a php binary with these modules? If so, can i just get that file and put it in the appropriate place in my webspace? Is this a dumb question?
I’m not super savvy about all this, and am trying to avoid having to compile php myself.
Any help is appreciated.