I seek knowledge from you my fellow forum members(Who seem to know more than most HT magazine writers!! ) I plan to get an LCD projector in the next few months when finances allow. Probably the Sony 10HT/11HT or Sanyo PLV60. I will shortly be buying a new PC which will eventually be used to drive the projector. At the moment it looks like I'll be buying a Dell(So that rules out AMD) through a friends fathers business with an order they're putting in(so I dont have to pay VAT ) Anyway, I want the HTPC to be able to give me top notch: - DVD playback (Prog Scan, Scaling, line doubling and all that). - TV viewing (de-interlacing, Prog scan, scaling.....and all that ) - 'TIVO Like' recording of TV programs - Ability to archive programs to CDR/DVDR - Games and Internet on a 6ft screen! The provisional PC spec. that I have chosen is as follows: - 1.7Ghz P4 - 256mb Rambus Ram - 40gb ATA100(7200rpm) - 64mb Geforce 3 - 16x DVD ROM - 12x CDRW - Turtle Beach Santa Cruz Soundcard - WinMe Now for the questions: 1. Do I need more RAM or not (I have seen higher figures recommended on this forum but a dedicated player seems to do just fine with much less)??? 2. Should I just get a basic CD-Rom with the PC now and purchase a new DVD recordable Drive separately? 3. Has the Santa Cruz got optical or co-axial outputs to connect to my DB930 and does it output DTS. (The DEll site makes no mention of optical,co-axial or sp/dif outputs for that matter in the specs for this card yet mentions AC3(ie DD) output capability??? The other soundcard option was the SB live 1024 but not the SB live 5.1. I'm presuming the former merely outputs and the latter decodes and has 5.1 outputs. Is the Santa Cruz better( it cost a few quid more) 4. Should I go with Me or Win2000 (on the one hand Win2000 is more secure and stable and I suppose I should have it on one of my machines as I'm studying networking, but on the other hand I'm worried about compatibility with the DVD and Tv/'Tivo' software and I also play a lot of games) How about a dual boot with 2000 and my current win98FE??? 5. What is the best Software player, can it be made region free and how much? 6. What Tv decoder card should I get and how much? 7. What TV software for that 'de-interlacing' do I need and how much? 8. What Software will give me that 'TIVO like' capability as seen on the TINY HTPC and how much? 9. Where do I get the above extra Hardware and Software? 10. Will someone lend me a few thousand quid? Thanks in advance, me laddos! Help with any or all of the above questions would be very much appreciated.