I bought a blu-ray player recently for my computer and then realized that my p4 was not going to cut it. It seems that even if I upgrade to a 3.4 ghz I will still not be very happy. I was a bit bummed because I was saving up for a newer (nicer) desktop for next year and don't want to buy a skimpy system now just to play blu-ray. Power DVD 10's software states that the min req is an AMD Athlon 64 x2 3800 or faster. Is that a reasonable standard to use, or is it slow? I think i can find a used system with this cpu without destroying my plans for next years mother of all computers. When it says "or faster", how much faster is preferable? Will a 3800 give me choppy performance on playback? Will i have problems with audio and video synch? I have a 15K 38 GB SCSI hard drive I am going to use as the system drive, and either a 200 or 500 gb SATA drive to use for data storage. This computer will be networked to my P4, which will probably have the 500 gb drive. I plan to have a peer to peer with the 1000 mbit standard, so data transfer speed should not be a big issue. But then there is the issue of the video card Help! http://www.cyberlink.com/products/powerdvd/powerdvd-system-requirements_en_US.html Related to this question, if I buy this AMD chip, is there a mobo that will support a much faster chip than this (at a later date)?