Ok. this article over at hardware zone has some info about running standard athlon XP cpus as MP chips. its an interesting idea. It would save me about 180 quid (MP is 191 for a singne chip, the XP, both 2400+/2Gz each, is 81 quid.) actually it would save me nearly 220 quid. thats the price of the board nearly. thats also the price of 1 and a half of the hard drives. man i think ill try this!!!