Good afternoon and a cheery hello! I'm pretty new to the forum here, and to HT in general. I do, however, have a pretty strong tech background and tons of ambition. I've always been pretty strong on the audio end, and just jumping into the whole theater concept now. First, a little background. I'm am electrical tech for hydro up here in Manitoba. I have just accepted a permanent job way up north in Gillam (look it up on a map sometime, and you will see why I might want to set up one killer home theater.... it is about 3 or 4 hundred miles from anywhere worth going, barring wilderness, which I happen to love). I've just started ripping my collection of DVD's and CD's to my computer for ease and convenience, and we are using the video out on my GeForce2 MX 400 card with *satisfactory* results, but we can always do better. Right now I just have an SB Live! sound card, and we can definitely do better than that. I am ripping the DVD's to high bitrate divx with ac3, plus I still watch DVD's on the computer's drive, and want to take full advantage of everything I can. I figured I've spent well over $4000 on this computer I'm sitting at, so I want to start using it as the supercomputer it is supposed to be. It's a pentium 4 2.00 GHz with 768 MB ram and plenty of storage (240 GB at the moment, I hope to invest in a RAID soon). The only problems is the piddily 64MB video card with s-video out, and the severely limited SB Live! sound card. When we finally do make the trip up to Gillam, we will have much much more disposable income, as it's pretty much unlimited overtime, and I would like to come home and kick back and relax in my personal theater, maybe have some friends over and watch some movies or satellite and have a couple of drinks at the bar, so I want a really killer setup. We will be investing in either a dlp or lcd projector, and I am already scoping some of these out. Also, we will be getting a fairly high end dolby receiver (haven't looked too much into this yet). So here's my question to you guys out there. What would be some of my better options for interfaces between the computer and the video/audio devices? Dolby 5.1 is, of course, a bare minimum as far as sound goes, with my sights set on perhaps THX 7.1 or near equivalent. As far as video goes, I would like something near the best there is. Anyone out there have a similar set-up, or any advice on what I should be looking at? Just for fun, we can say there is no real upper end as far as price goes, unless we get too too ridiculous, but I can always have something to shoot for, I guess... Thanks alot in advance, and I hope you guys out there can help me do this thing up right!