Ok... So... currently my roommate has a 2ghz pentium 4 hooked up to our LCD tv in the living room. It has been working swimmingly for his nes/ps etc emulators and all those games, and even regular media viewing (non-HD content in VLC) but today he tried to play some 720 HD content and the computer couldn't handle it. It kept freezing and it was unviewable. He overclocked it and it got a little better, but still unwatchable. He was thinking that it might be about time to sell that and replace it with a new tower or headless system. Now, he's not against a notebook as he could use it for portable reasons unattached to the tv as well, so that might be a nice possibility. Anyway, I was wondering how the core duo macbooks or minis for that matter handle HD content and how they might handle emulators in windows for those types of games, do things like that stress the graphics (dedicated vs. integrated graphics that is)? He's obviously running windows right now, so any suggestion for a cheap PC under 500 dollars that could handle basic VLC HD viewing well would be great too, I only mentioned mac because he thought a mini might be a nice interesting alternative or like I said a cheaper/older macbook. Switching content around from an external drive isn't much of a factor, or upgrading the internal drive, that can be done easily. Sooooo any mac or pc suggestions welcome. To summarize: Budget: < or equal to 500 dollars Need: snes/n64 emulated video games and viewing HD content (720p tv shows downloaded for VLC for example) Ability to connect to a 32inch LCD tv Thanks!!