sorry if what i ask sounds redundant.... i am gathering pieces for a htpc. i currently have: AMD 2400+ CPU ASUS A7V333 Motherboard 1.5 GB 333Mhz DDR 200 GB Western Digital 7200 RPM 8MB Buffer HD Geforce FX 5600 256MB w/ TV out Creative Audigy Platinum 5.1 I am planning on getting a hauppauge win-tv 250. I do not have hdtv do a dvi out will not be a factor at this point. however, knowing the 250 does not output the computer's monitor signal will i need a seperate monitor to view the os from? is there another solution i should know about? i am using a directv sony reciever and i will be needing a ir blaster..is one better than another or would i be better off using a serial-datalink cable from the pc to the receiver? also, i have a copy of windows mce, is it stable? do the parts i have so far sound like they will work out? i appreciate all input.