So I'm thinking about building an HTPC. I'm interested in a low power setup like a 780G + AMD5050e CPU. I'm a bit worried this won't play Hulu videos well -- maybe this sounds ridiculous, but it looks like others have this problem too. I'm basing my observations on my current desktop system. It's a C2D E4500 at 2.2Ghz, 9600GT, 4GB Ram, and Vista64. It's no speed demon, but you'd think it could keep up with a flash video. When I play 480p content at Hulu at full screen (scaled to 1920x1200), the video gets quite choppy and the CPU sits around 60-70% utilization. If I try one of their sample 720p videos, scaled to my monitor size, the cpu gets up to 90+% utilization. This makes me worried that a Athlon X2 2.6Ghz will be *just* powerful enough and no more to play video smoothly, and if some kind of background process kicks in when I'm watching it'll probably drop a few frames. Some details: --I'm 99% sure that I've ruled out the network as the problem --I'm running the latest Adobe plugins (as of this week sometime) --I've tested IE and Firefox --I haven't upgraded my video drivers in a few months, but it doesn't seem like hulu gets any video card acceleration. --Other people have noticed this problem, for example: Anandtech noticed this scaling problem with the Zotac ION board. Does anyone else notice this? Maybe an HTPC needs a quad core to play hulu?