That's why Llano actually fits your bill. E-350(Zacate) is laptop variant of AMD Fusion, geared toward battery live and not processing power, and Llano is the desktop variant. Too bad the unveiling is still next month.
3X the GPU power of Sandy Bridge, low TDP because the Fusion, stick a wireless in the Mini-ITX and you got perfect HTPC, or in your case, kitchen
i3 is viable alternatives if you just got to have it now.
PS:you got sluggish PC? Unless you are using the PC as Workstation, Quad Core are worthless. If your PC got Web server, Oracle server, File server, or similar, no wonder it felt sluggish (i know i tried to stick an oracle server inside E8200. You dont want to know the result.)Edited by lunan1t4 - 5/8/11 at 2:52pm