i been thinking about this lately. how long will it be before HTPC take over our living rooms (eg. monitor/tv with a pc underneath it powering everything from the tv viewing to dvd viewing and burning and many more multimedia features. just look at bill gates home for instance, everything entertainment wise is build around media center. i think we'll be having the pleasure of this stuff in about 5 years. also in that time a nice 42" or whatever the smallest standard monitor/tv is should be really cheap also. and htpc's will be cheap aswell, unless you;ll be buying something like a 4 core cpu comp by then, but hopefully all the software requirements etc dont need monsterous specs by then.