Well, what I've pieced together is as follows: Antec Overture (case) Athlon XP 1800+ ECS K7S5A PRO (motherboard) 256MB Crucial PC-2100 RAM 40GB Western Digital SE hard drive M-Audio Audiophile (sound card) Radeon 9000Pro All-in-Wonder (video card) Lite On 16X DVD-ROM My planned setup integrating it into my home theater is as follows: 1. Radeon > (DVI or VGA...havent decided) > my Panasonic PT-L300u LCD projector 2. Audiophile S/PDIF (coaxial) out to my reciever 3. Digital cable box and VCR (from a external switch) > s-video > Radeon (for capturing) 4. Digital cable box and VCR > stereo RCA > Audiophile(for capturing) I won't really be using my HTPC for DVDs especially (have a standalone DVD player that does the job well enough). I will moreso be using it to play videos and music as well as some light gaming. (read: old games, console emulation, etc. nothing that really requires too much 3D processing) Everything is archived on my current PC and I have tons of hard disk space on it, so that's no issue. My main worry is about capturing. I would like to be able to capture in DVD-native video if at all possible (for effortless burning to DVD-R on my other computer). I have a few trouble spots which I need advice about. 1. What capturing software should I use? 2. Is the system capable enough to actually handle real-time capturing of 480p video? I assume the video card is more than able, but I worry about having just the one hard drive. Granted it's a little small, too, but I wouldnt be encoding more than 2 hours at a time. If I have to capture as uncompressed and then later compress it to MPEG2, that works, just as long as I don't run out of hard disk space. 3. Can I actually use the M-Audio card to capture the sound? How easy would it be, in that case, to sync it up with the video being captured? Obviously the Audiophile has much better ADCs and such and is better suited for capturing audio, and I'd like to take advantage of that. I'm no stranger to building PCs-- have been doing it all my life, so don't worry about that. But if you could answer any of my questions, I'd be extremely pleased. Any other comments or suggestions are welcome as well.