Originally Posted by bonscott87
A bit off topic but something struck me. Sounds like you have the financial capacity to spend a bit of money since you plan to spend thousands on a sound system. If this is the case please do yourself a favor and toss out that really old computer you got and just build or buy a new HTPC which shouldn't cost you much more then $500-700 on the high end. You'll be much happier then spending near half that trying to cobble something together with that old computer.
Actually I don't have allot money to spend so I'm trying to keep the additions to my HTPC to a minimum. I got this PC for free and the spec isn't bad for and HTPC (2Gig DDR2, Dual core Althon 64, Serial ATA, etc) so I'm trying to make the most of it if possible.
Yeah your right, if the cost of upgrading this PC is not much more than building a new one then its better to just build a new one thats one of the reasons I started this post, to learn more about home theater setups and workout what my options are. So far I haven't spent any money on it but I've already got it hooked up to my TV and have watched a few movies, trying to get a feel for it.
On the other hand, I could spend hundreds building the best HTPC I can afford and solve all of my problems but I think its more fun taking something old and learning to turn it into something better. I feel that building a home theater environment is a life time hobbie, I'm starting off with this old PC and no AVR but some time down the track I'll probably have changed the PC so much that it will be a new PC (according to the technology at the time)... and then it will be old again....