I have a 55" Sharp that i love, but man it is going to waste in my opinion. someone mentioned to me a Home Theater PC as a way of really getting the most out of it. but i don't have the skillset for assemble a PC from scratch. still, the idea of having a Blu-Ray, HD media center replacing my old electronics excites me. i have some questions just to start a discussion. Can it be done on a budget? Anyone here have one set up already or do you just use your gaming console? I bought a 360, but my niece always has it. Any suggestions outside a custom build that isn't so obvious? Any tips/ideas for a sound system (key word here is "budget", lol.) after i get the HTPC assembled, i will focus on upgrading my sound system. I currently have a 16 year old Aiwa home theater setup- don't laugh...it may seem old, but it cranks out the juice. One last thing. i have had 2, 1TB hard drives die on me over the years, so i intend to back up everything on disc. *wish to god that Solid State Drives would come down on price* so if something goes wonky, i can replace it with little hassle.