Recently I bought an AMD 5000+ BE, planning to include it on a new build for my daughter. However I realised that my 7-year old wouldn't be able to appreciate my efforts and $$ spent at all, so I've decided to do something about my foster brother's system (and buy her other xmas presents instead)... He likes to game, and he's got a single core sempron 2800+ 2Ghz, 1GB of RAM and the 8600GTS 256MB I passed on to him more than a year ago. What I know so far (he plays different genres of games compared to me) is that his processor is holding him back. He's got a small monitor which he's not complaining about, a 17" 4:3 ratio. He could play Crysis on low and get it smooth at 800x600 and it was fine for him. But he can't get Empire Total War to run at all. Probably due to processor limitations. I just wanted a little bit of advice - if I use the 5000BE, buy a mobo for it and use some 2GB of RAM I have in someplace somewhere... (keeping his 500W PSU and 8600GTS) , would I be giving him a satisfactory xmas present which would be fine to run his games on the 4:3 17" monitor (he won't be really looking for fine stuff like shadows or other details as long as his game runs smoothly). I just don't want to change processor, mobo and ram and have him complain that his pc can't run his choice of games same as it had been before (and I need some advice over from here since I'm a real dork when it comes to amd processors and their expected performance...) Thanks for any advice!