I am building an HTPC for my parent's home. I have less than a week to research because I need to have it built and ready to go in two weeks. The budget is around 2500 but that is flexible. I am new to this stuff and I need help. I have built a PC before, but I still don't know a lot about this. I have been researching a bit lately, but it is hard to figure out where to begin. I am hoping you guys can ask my questions to narrow down what it is exactly that I want. This is going to be from scratch, meaning I also need to purchase a TV as well. The majority of the $ will be going toward the TV, which is going to be 55" at the very minimum. Should have specified that, sorry. Basically, what the HTPC will be used for is: -Netflix/Watching movies that we have downloaded/blueray movies -Streaming youtube videos -Webcam chatting -Playing music -Viewing family pictures I have Dish network. The Dish already has DVR playback. That has nothing to do with the HTPC - that is just something separate, because I think it will be too much of a hassle to integrate satellite into the HTPC. It will be HDMI. We do have an external hard drive, but I'm sure it won't be enough and we'll have to store things in the HTPC hard-drive, or if it gets too loud, upstairs on the desktop PC and then network it to the HTPC downstairs somehow. I was going to start from here, but a lot of that stuff in the link is over my head. From what I gather, I should figure out the type of mobo, because that will determine the type of case (form factor). It's a shame that the most recent edition (holiday edition) - he is making you pay for I'm the type of person that likes to research everything to death before purchasing, to ensure that I get the most bang for my buck. So I tend to stray away from generic cookie cutter build recommendations, especially if it is outdated. But I would still consider the various parts on an individual basis. Anything would be appreciated including: [*]links to guides for htpcs [*]links to good deals for tvs/pc parts [*]any advice/guidance Thanks!