Hello So my Church is looking to get a new computer some time in the near future. It'll manage word projection, Power Points, videos, live streams both to and from the computer to the rest of the world, Youtube and the rest of the internet. We also want to record the audio from the services and use it for music. I only ask because we've had a couple of computers, the first was a laptop which was fine for words, and that was all we used it for. When that started to go on the blink, we inherited a second hand computer which can also manage words and video, but not a lot else. When we plug it into our fairly new Samson MPL 2242, there is a buzz, which I presume is from the interferance from the electricity and ground buzz and such. The worship leader has been quoted £600 for a low end computer which meets none of these requirements, so I've taken on this responsibility in the hope that I can get a better deal. I know that in the UK a budget computer can cost around £300-£400. Do we need to have a properly insulated sound card, a laptop that we can remove from the power supply or just a good computer? We also have plans to screen the Olympics in the summer, which is going to use a lot of bandwidth, and so we'll need a computer that can handle it and other live streams, but not at the same time. We intend on using a hard wired internet connection, but realistically, we want to avoid it as the router will be on the other side of the church through a small corridor, so we may end up using the wireless connection for most of the time, and then use a cable and trunking for broadcasted events. We have the projector, a projector preview screen that shows what's on the projector to the operator, and the main screen, and potentially another projector showing a different image to the first. Should we find a computer with several ports, preferably VGA as that's what we have set up and wired throughout the church, powered splitter box or should I get a long signal cable and run the visual signal back from the projector? I currently use an unpowered splitter cable, which severely weakens the signal, and causes bands to run down the screen. I currently have to brighten the projector screen to 100%, but I cannot always be there and there isn't anyone else who will want to bend over a 200 year old balcony and poke a projector on a plank of wood with a bamboo cane Slight portability would also be an asset as the church gets rearranged for potentially popular events, meaning that the computer needs to be moved. It is only a few meters, but as it stands with the current computer as it is, it can often be a struggle to ensure that it is all still wired up properly. What makes and models do you use, and what would you recommend for our needs? We have a widescreen projector screen, but the projector gets confused by it, so if you can think of a way to get a widescreen signal to go over 10-15m in a listed building that has slightly damp and very crumbly plaster, it would be really appreciated. It's a fairly high roofed building, but it is going to be decorated soon so we can move the projector (in theory) when they have all the scaffolding up for that. The church doesn't get much money, and so what I'm asking may be a bit of an ask, but I can try What makes and models of projector and computer do you use, and what would you recommend for our needs? I'll find out to what extent the building is listed and how that impacts on any plans.