Hi all, I posted a similar question a wile ago, but it's been some time until now and I now have all the kit I need to go. Here's the question.. I now have a Panny PTA100E , a PC (P41.6, Geforce 3 200ti, 512Mb, DVD, SB Audigy Platinum - the one with optical outs etc). Separate dts/dd surround hi-fi system). I'm going to get stuck into the HTPC side of things because it sound good and fun! I already have a component-out DVD player but I want to see how much better HTPC is. What I dont' really want to do is waste too much time using the wrong software. I'd like to glean knowledge from someone with a similar setup. What I want to know is... And bear in mind i intend only to use this for DVDs (not TV etc, that's what my tv is for!) 1. PC to PJ connection - SVGA lead or S-Video? (I'm assuming SVGA) 2. I guess I get a long optical lead and just run it from my SB optical output to my DD/DTS amp? 3. Powerstrip sounds like a must 4. Recommended DVD software (I can work out the hack bits) 5. Dscaler? Worth it? Progresive scan sounds cool. 6. I have a pioneer remote (came with the Audigy) and it looks like it will do the job. Any other things I have missed? (Noise is not an issue, the PC is an HP Vectra VL420 which seems to be the quietest I have ever come accross) Thanks in advance p.s. I'm very PC aware (IT manager, used to be programmer), so don't need too much spelt out, I'm just being lazy and don't want to go through too much trial and error - especially when it comes to spending money on leads and software!