Hi all, About to take the plunge into the HTPC playground I've decided on a Silverstone LC11M case. OS will be Linux, with MythTV and bits, and suitable drivers for the VFD and IR. Couple of 250GB hdds (Samsung Spinpoint I fancy - got one and its nice and quiet) I'd like it to have a decent Athlon 64 CPU in it, and a gig or two of RAM. And a good DVD-/+R/RW drive. Now I know this machine can have 3 cards in it, one AGP or PCI-X and another two PCI slots, so I'm thinking of some sort of decent GFX card, good quality VGA output, and S Video / RGB / component & composite capture. (component not too bothered about, got converters ) Not bothered about DVI or HDCP output, as my Panny plasma apparently gives a better picture when driven by its VGA input, and I can get 1:1 pixel mapping as well. HDCP INPUT would be desirable, as I could daisychain say Sky+ HD into the box? I also want preferable two digital TV (freeview) tuners in there as well, so thats the other two PCIs taken up. (or are there dual digi tuner PCI cards out there?) So I'm after suggestions for suitable graphics cards, DV tuner cards (dual if they exist), HDCP input cards?, suitable micro ATX mobos (there's a restriction on the mobos that can be used in these cases, they've GOT to have the AGP/PCI-X slot in position 1 with a PCI slot in position 2). The whole systems got to be powerful enough to easily cope with (for example) playing an HD DVD (doing the scaling/deinterlacing/line doubling, etc), recording another and maybe streaming MP3 audio out to the local network (it'll be used as a music and film server for other machines throughout the house). I realise the bottleneck will be disk read/write speed but I've seen >50MB/s from those Samsung drives! Working out some rough figures:- Standard DVD is 10Mbps bitrate = 1MBps, so streaming that off HDD and recording the same should be no problem at all. HiDef is (I think?) 4 x the bitrate? So doing simultaneous read/write again that should still be a max of 4MBps write and 4MBps read. Can't just simply add those together as the little HDDs head will be rattling like mad between the play and record files Playing a HD DVD and recording to HDD should be fine, as they're different devices. Anyway, has anyone got any recommendations on the hardware bits I need please? And any thoughts or experience with building a HD capable system that is capable of doing timeslip on an HD signal? I just can't imagine any HDD is fast enough nowadays to cope with the amount of data, along with the one HDD head doing both reading and writing? Cheers!