Hello, My wife and I were looking at console systems today, and I thought, "Why spend this money on a Gamecube/PS2 when I could simply turn one of my existing computers into a gaming platform on my TV?" I'm no stranger to computers, but making them work well with my TV will be new. With that, here are my questions: 1. Video hardware: My TV is a 16:9 RPTV capable of 1080i max (Toshiba TW65X81), with component inputs. I've got to convert the video signal from the computer into something the TV can accept. I know there are boxes available that do this. Where can I find them, and are there any reviews or other info where I might be able to compare various units? 2. Video software: Once I've got the unit, how do I setup the computer to feed it a signal appropriate for a variety of tasks? Mainly, I'm going to use this for gaming (especially for MAME and misc console emulators), and surfing the web. I'll probably also feed it Winamp visualization stuff (Geiss, etc). One more question: Would it be possible to use this to read email? I ask because the older composite video converters were virtually useless for any sort of text issues. Also, on video, how do you get around aspect ratio issues? I don't want to use my TV in 4:3 mode, yet computers are normally 4:3. 3. Cool cases: Are there any nice, slim cases available that might make this thing look like an oversized console? Something I could set next to the couch, perhaps, and have it not be immediately recognized as a big ugly computer? 4. Is there any way to extend the USB bus, say, ~50-60 feet? I may just skip a nice case and put the computer back in my computer room. The idea is there would be a single USB hub sitting under or around the coffee table. Then I'd use USB for everything - gamepads, keyboard, etc. Extending video to the TV is no problem - been there, done that - but I've never tried to extend USB. Are there possibilities here? 5. Lastly, while I'll probably start with an existing computer, there may be incentive to buy new components here and there. Any recommendations on computer hardware, especially as it relates to this application? Thank you!!