htpc's are a pita...
Hey, I have 2 HTPC's and love them...
I can do so much more than a dedicated BD Player.
I was actually in yowzator place thinking of getting a PS3 or an HTPC.
I do not game a lot so I went with the HTPC.
I have all of my Blu-Ray's stored on my Hard Drive and can call them up at anytime..
Internet TV is taking off now, not to mention p2p, I Stream all of the Dolphin Games from NY, among others.
Sometimes it's via London BBC with Brit commentators and usually a former NFL PLayer sitting in, it's weird to hear British accents talking about the first Half etc..LOL!
I can even see their whacky commercials.
Through Windows 7 "HomeGroup" and my Router I can access each computer, my sisters came for a visit and we could sit in the Living Room with my Pioneer 50" Kuro and watch Picture slideshows and Stream Home Video from my Computer upstairs, no lag time, it was as if I was at my other Computer, yet in the comfort of my Living room.
Though I think that you CAN do this with a PS3 as well.
My HTPC Downstairs, a HP Pavilion Elite 112Y has HDMI, Blu-Ray and WiFi.
It works great with the net and all I had to do was plug it into my Plasma, set up the WiFi and I was good to go. It plays every Blu-ray (Knock on Wood) Flawlessly!
As the saying goes...The World is my Oyster!
I am planning on connecting the new Pioneer VSX 1120K to my HP via HDMI for my Audio.
Unlike the PS3's, (I see those Posts) Computer's seem to match right up too the Pioneers.
I will have the 1120 downstairs and I already have the 1020 matched up with my Gateway HTPC upstairs.
Two sweet setups.
Lastly with a PS3 it is what it is, you cannot change the Video Card or Hard Drive, add this or change that, it is all proprietary.
This weekend I put a XFX ATI Radeon HD5770 Graphics card into my Gateway,
Yea, I will be doing some Gaming on that.
Plus the whole PS3 Games that are not Backwards compatible with the PS2's and PS2's to PS3's it's Crazy! I did not like that!
So anyway that's my HTPC rant, it is not for everyone, and some if not most of these things can also be done on a PS3 not to mention my HP HTPC cost me about $800.00 compared to $300.00 for a PS3, lot's to consider yowzator.
I wanted some more freedom with my HTPC and still have the possibility to Game as well
As I said, I've been where you are now, the above was my solution.
Good Luck with yours.