Latest and greatest? WTF are you talking about? In 2008, I upgraded from a Socket A Sempron 3000+ (2004) to an LGA 775 Core 2 Duo E6600 (2006). And I just got a PS3 as a gift, almost four years after it came out. I still have a PS2 which I want to exploit. You know what my TV is? A 32" Sanyo CRT from, like, 2005. So where are you coming up with latest and greatest? Seriously, get one of these. Atom is aimed against ARM. Its main feature is the fact it uses the x86 instruction set, so you can run Windows on it. That's why you see it in netbooks and nettops, which are cheap computing devices. As far as I'm concerned, an HTPC is a purpose-built computer that aims to consolidate several devices (desktop, DVD player, DVR, gaming machine) into one.