Hi all, After selling my laptop come HTPC (XBMC streaming from NAS) to my parents I thought my Xbox 360 could fill the void as a media player come light gaming machine, unfortunately whilst ok for light gaming it is utterly hopeless as a media player. It can' t play any of the video off of my NAS and wants me to PAY for a gold account just to use the likes of Iplayer & 4od. My PS3 can do all of these things out of the box and for free. Anyway, mini rant over. I was thinking about using some of the spare parts I have in my loft and building my wife a decent mid range gaming PC which can also act as a media centre when required. I already have the following: - MSI 870A-G54 AM3 motherboard - 4GB DDR3 memory (pinched from my desktop for now) - 500GB 7200rpm HD - DVD Drive - XFX HD4870 1GB with Accelero Twin turbo cooler which I managed to pick up for £34 in my local independant game store. (bought as a backup but thought it could be better used in an actual machine)* - Bequiet L7 530w PSU - Win 7 HP OEM licence - 22" 1680x1050 monitor or 19" 1440x900 monitor / TV - Mouse, keyboard etc I was thinking about dropping in a cheap Phenom quad core, but having checked on the numerous online stores I frequent I notice that they basically don't exist anymore. This leaves me with a little conundrum; do I fork out over £90 for a Phenom X4 960T and get a decent case (Fractal Design core probably), or do I ditch the MB I have and build a budget Llano Quad (3670K probably) or SB/H61 system and house it in a micro ATX case? Overall the cost would be similar but I can't help but think a budget Llano system might be the way to go as ultimately it can be re-tooled as a dedicated HTPC in the future. On the flipside the 870A-G54 is a good motherboard with USB3.0 and SATA 6GB/s and thus I would hate to have it just lying there doing nothing. To add some further detail my wife will be playing quite a bit of L4D 1&2, Lego Star wars, Half life (all), Just Cause 2 and probably even some BF3 eeek. In all cases the HD4870 I picked up should happily handle these games at medium/high settings (remember only 1680x1050 max resolution) but the CPU could be the sticking point. In addition I would also like to use the system as a encoding machine (Handbrake) so a fast(ish) cpu is preferable. Anyway, what would you guys suggest? Would you have a preference for any of the ideas or do you have any other ideas that I havn't thought of? Cheers *This really was a bargin. Boxed and in as new condition. I opened the box expecting a stock card only to find it sporting a rather beefy looking Twin turbo cooler. Performance should be right up there with a HD6770 for under half the cost. It won't get used all the time so power consumption isn't a big issue in the grand scheme of things and neither are temperatures/noise levels now.