Ok, with considerable input from Vince Maskeeper (thanks!) and Gabriel_Lam (kudos!) I have been persuaded that I can't live without a HTPC. Of course, it has to be a dedicated sys as well. Right now I am in need of a new PC. Instead of making it multi-purpose HTPC I was thinking I'd just upgrade my old PC to be for the Home Theater. It will need alot. It is an Athalon 600 w' 128 onboard memory and 20 meg HD. I will need to put on a better video card + M-Audio card and add a DVD. I'm not sure about memory.... I am wondering if it has a prayer of being up to the task at only 600. I'm afraid to upgrade it any further as at that point I may as well get a whole new computer for the cost. (and I don't build them due to time and know-how - I got neither) I really appreciate your help so far.