Originally Posted by TwinsDad
I have been interested in going HTPC for awhile now but dont have the room for a receiver and a PC, so am I able to combined them?
Two different products, not the same at all.
An AVR is a hub for all your electronic equipment while a PC is, well a PC, just another source as far as your AVR is concerned, akin to a DVD player or Cable Box.
You can get away with not using an AVR, but a PC cannot act as a audio hub.
What is your application? What devices do you have in your entertainment center?