Hi all - My first Post!!!!! ....and I'm afraid its a big question (or 2) The other week "my better half" amazed me with 2 extraordinary comments in the space of a weekend.... 1) "I (we) really need a new PC" (she won't touch the old piece of rubbish I'm using now) 2) Lets go and have a look at some new T.V's/DVD players!!!! ..... to say I was suprised would be a vast understatement but it got me thinking that combining the lot would be pretty cool, that we (I) would get a better PC and TV/DVD system and we would (maybe) save some money to boot. (Thats what I told my girlfriend, anyway) Though I've since realised that this concept wasn't quite as revolutionary as I first thought. I must confess now that my knowledge of PC's is fairly limited though I'm quickly trying to get the lingo and I hope you will all help me to fill in the blanks. Anyway, here's....... The Big Idea What I am after is a PC that I can use to play DVDs through A TV (looking at 28" CRT's) but I would also like to connect it to a TFT monitor for close-up work such as internet and word-processing (silmultaneously if possible). I am also attracted to some of the other advantages of a HTPC over a standard TV/DVD/VCR set-up such as; PVR, Dolby 5.1 and using the system as a HI-Fi. I may, either now or at a later date, want to add recordable DVD to take full advatntage of the PVR system. The Solution I'm toying with getting the Msi mega pc based Systemax Encore 3602 http://www.simply.co.uk/shop/produc...ode=WW&ibble=9NNPG0GEBJX49H5AL819N0ENKBUJ9DC7 does anyone have any opinions on this system, its components and whether it will fit my needs. As I have mentioned before I am grateful for any help, advice or suggestions that you can give. Please feel free to offer any alternatives to the above as my ideas are not set in stone. It may help if I give you some more of my thoughts. Given the specs of the above system (MSI SiS 651 Motherboard, Intel Pentium 4 2.66GHz Processor 533FSB, 512MB PC2700 333DDR Memory,120GB Hard Drive,Videologic ZXR-500 5.1 Speakers,MSI NVIDIA GeForce FX5200 Personal Cinema 128MB AGP8X) - is it up to the job? I understand the card has dual monitor support but will the system allow me to use the PC as a PC and watch a movie uninterupted - Is the the Video card and software any good or does it try to do too much at once - would I be better off with a seperate TV tuner and graphics card and then use something like Showshifter as the TV interface. (by the way, I would quite like to use the PC to play games but i'm not after anything with blistering performance) I am also concerned with the audio quality as i understand the on-board sound of the above system may not be up to scratch - would it be worth my while upgrading to a dedicated sound card and is it possible given the constraints and size of the system (I believe the case is fairly cramped inside). I was thinknig of ugrading the speakers to the Videologic 6.1 system and pairing them with the appropiate Creative Audigy Card?????? On the subject of sound I see that the Encore has a SPDIF in port - does this enable me to connect an external device (such as an x-box) with an optical cable to achieve 5.1 surround for that also??? Lastly (honestly), given my ignorance, would it be best to buy a complete system, like the one above, or should I try and build something that better suits my needs and wallet. Sorry that this post is so long - I hope that you can all help me in some way to achieve the front-room of my (and my super-tolerant girlfriends) dreams.