I've been a home theater nut for about 9 years. About 3 years ago I saw a gateway htpc setup in one of their stores and fell in love with the idea. Since then I sold my HT setup and moved to vegas. I'm in the process of building my HT again. I dismissed the idea of having a HTPC only because I really haven't heard that much about it. I stumbled onto these forums from ign.com asking questions about the xbox. I'm sure you guys have newbies coming in here all the time asking very basic questions without doing any researching themselves. I've read through alot of the threads and I guess I'm wondering how much a decent HTPC system would cost and how much better (if any) it would be compared to a normal HT setup. I already purchased my Dolbly Digital receiver and speakers and right now I'm looking for a HDTV dislplay, and a new computer. What kind of resoultions can I except from a dvdrom in my computer hooked up to a HDTV using windvd software, and is it alot better than a standard progressive scan player? What are the advantages of owning a HTPC versuse a regular HT. Can I use a HDTV video card for my comoputer to receive HDTV signals from a satelite dish? Any comments or suggestions and prices will be greatly appreciated.