Hi guys, I stumbled upon this forum when looking for reviews on some hardware. I am a 18 year old college student looking to put a home theater system in my room. I was searching the forums all night yesterday but I am still confused about a lot of things. This is what I originally intended to put in my room: Samsung 30" Widescreen TubeTV HDTV Sony HTIB (999.00) or something similar Fairly good DVD player (playing DVDs are very important!) Futon for viewing I am also thinking about getting a HTPC setup around the fall. I want to get a TV and HT setup so I can intergrate a PC into it. Its not the most important component but if i am going to buy a PC for school, I guess I'll just get a PC capable of using PVR and other such programs! Any suggestions on hardware is greatly appreciated! Remember I am I college student. I am not a super tight budget and I do have a job but I am not making 50k a year and able to buy the good stuff!! Now I have read that HTIB are terrible. I am not looking to go nuts on audio but I would like a decent system with life like sound for DVDs. I am a looking for setup more for DVDs then anything else. TV tuning and music are secondary. Now my questions are... 1. Would i need a reciever? the HTIB doesn't come with one (I dont think). What would I get out of a reciever if I bought one? Whats the difference between a reciever and a preamp? 2. I am buying a HDTV afterall and I have learned the difference between 480i or 480p and 720p or 1080i. I know some DVD players can upconvert the signal. I have also been looking at ADSTech.com's upconverter which says it can upconvert almost anything (VCR, DVD, Game Systems ect.) would it be worth it to buy one of those since I do have a Xbox, PS2, Gamecube? 3. I don't know how to put together good components for a HT audio system so I am opting for a HTIB solution. Does anyone have any fairly inexpensive alternatives, like have a list of components I can put together that have proven to work well? I think thats it for now. I know I have another question in the back of my mind but I cant think of it right now. I guess I'll just post it later. Hope to hear from you guys!