Here is my situation. My Pioneer 300 disc player is dying and just when it's about time to buy another it looks like I will need to buy two changers. Well that got me to thinking about copying my nearly 300 cds to a hardrive and connecting the computer to my a/v receiver. Now I've been reading on this forum( nearly 8 hours yesturday when I was supposed to be doing some late summer spring cleaning) and others forums to get some ideas. I even talked on Stephen Phillips on this forum. I find myself, however, still not sure of how to do this. I'll explain what I hope to do exactly. I want to copy all my cds to the hardrive without compression. I don't want to use the inferior sounding mp3 format. That's all I want to do. Not interested in building a entire media server including video and what not. I'm not sure how big of a hardrive I will need for my cd's and future growth. The researching I have done has made me concerned about connecting hardrives. While I'm know dummy and I have connected and replaced ide hardrives, and even though I'm studying to be Cisco Certified, I wouldn't call myself computer saavy. It's looks like if I do something with 200 gb or larger, I need to do something with raid or what ever and I don't know what that is. I have two computers now but I was thinking of buying an older pentium 3 off ebay,I saw several for about 50.00 dollars, and hopefully putting a large drive in there. As for the connection to the stereo Sthephen suggested the Chaintech soundcard. I was also doing some research on the audiotron. I want it to be simple as possible. The computer will be relatively close and my home network is all wired. I just want to be able to put the cds in the drive and ripped to a hardrive use a program to make playist and start playing when I want to listen. I have another option if trying to rip cds at bit perfect form becomes to complicated. I could just rip the cd's using the highest quality codec, which ever that is and buy a high quality single disc cd player for when I really want to listen to high quality sound. That's what I'll do when I listen to my Sacd dics and Dvd-a disc anyway right. So hopefully you knowledgable people can lend me a hand and point me into the right direction. P.S. Can you put three hardrives on a computer. For example and you put two hardrives on one ide cable(you know master and slave) and a Cd-rom and Hardrive on another cable (master and slave). I have two computers one gateway 2ghz 256 ram and another computer(938mhz 128 mb ram) that pretty funky acting. I was messing around trying to put windows xp and a additonal hardrive (a 30 gb) the original is a 4 gb, and somehow I made it that so that the computer boots up the os only if the two are connected. I use it so the kids can play on the internet when the wife or I are on the main one.