Okay. Since the P4 I was using for my HTPC went splat, I need a replacement. I happen to be in the states so Newegg is my preferred purchase method for now. My old HTPC was a 3Ghz HT Presc(h)ott running at 4.2Ghz with an HD3850 AGP video card and it did pretty much everything fine, except for 1080p rips which would be all over the place, skipping, jumping, and what not. I am getting a cheap 785G board, I have 2x1Gb of DDR3 and I am looking for a CPU (The rest will go directly from the P4 rig as it was: Scythe Ninja cooler, 250GB HDD, DVD-RW). Going to replace the crap PSU (EZCool 500W, ewww) I had on the P4 with a Seasonic S12-II 330W. The question is: Get the AMD Sempron 140 (Sargas, 2.7Ghz, 1Mb of L2 Cache), or get the Phenom II X3 720BE ? I know they aren't even in the same price range, nor the same performance, but I need reasons to decide between these two (I decided to skip the Athlons and Phenom II X2s in the middle, since they really offer no real performance boost when compared to the single core CPU for the task at hand - There will still be content they will not play back in a satisfactory manner without GPU assistance, and GPU assistance is not always a possibility for all types of media, or is simply annoyingly difficult to set up). Money isn't an issue, but I try not to throw it out the window unless it is necessary (Most of the time, anyway). Thanks for all and any help !