Now I cannot claim to know the least thing about HTPC's, but I know well that alot of people are claiming very big things about their performance. I cannot deny that there is a very big potential for that. But surely if you decide to go down this route, you are sacrificing simplicity in a big way! As my system is, I have all my kit programmed into my universal remote. So I sit down on my seat, press one button on the remote, and I am ready to go.When you are talking about HTPC, do you not need to turn the computer on, start up the necessary programs, set the specs you want and do the button press I have for what remains of your kit? To me this is very arduous! It would be like having to connect all the wires up each time I wanted to watch a movie! Does this just show me to be a lazy Home Theatre nut as opposed to a true addict? Just when the thought is in my mind....computers are horrible things when it comes to their electrical aftermath. When I had one connected on the same circuit as my hifi......the noise the pc induced into the power supply was phenomenal....highlighting the points companies like Russ Andrew make. Before this experience I thought that the idea of spending £500 on a mains block was madness....but my mind was changed. How do all those who have htpc's deal with these problems....or is home cinema equipment not sensitive to this as hi-fi is? ps. whatever I say, I would still love to build a htpc if I had the slightest idea how!