First of all I wanted to let you guys know that I have been lurking the internet and found many threads on the matter, but most of them are 2 years old, so I believe it maybe a different situation now.
I need help deciding if I build my own HTPC or buying a PS3 (this is the short version of my problem)
Right now I have one netbook and a cathode TV and a dvd player, so anything new I can buy is improvement. I currently live in Germany and I am goign to start college in October, so I am looking to upgrade my media system.
Something I will be buying is a new LCD (maybe LED) TV and a new satellite receiver, which will let me use astra satellite (maybe something supporting HD+ even though I believe its a ripoff). I will be getting a 16000 DSL connection (from 1&1) so even though its not good enough for iptv it should do fine for my internet needs. Something my new living room MUST have is surround sound (this will be important later).
All options include the TV and satellite receiver
hometheater system (the problem here is finding one that can be connected to both the PS3 and TV and does not include some kind of DVD player)
External HDD (anything I download via my netbook can be store here and then use the PS3 to view it on the TV)
HTPC (with the following build)
Athlon II x4 635
ATI HD 5570
5.1 speaker system
This HTPC would let me play games with ok graphics. I would have to buy a wireless keyboard/mouse and maybe gamming controller. (Is it possible to connect the TV audio to the PC?)
Gaming is important since I used to be huge on gaming and have felt the need for some ever since I have stopped, but its not going to be the center of my life (maybe play a couple of times a week when the GF is not in the mood or when free time just happens to find its way to me). But I do have to say that most of the use I will be giving it is to watch movies, tv shows, etc that I have either rented on Blue ray, ripped or downloaded.
I really dont know what to do... some advice would be awesome