Hello forum peeps, I am a new poster but have been hanging about reading for a while (its the voyeur in me!) Anyway here is the latest I am up to, having an extension on my house and in the process I am putting in CAT5 to the sitting room/lounge/study/3 x bedrooms in the hope of bringing the internet into everyday life and stopping the wife nagging me about being in the study all the time. My plan from here was to create a mini-rack with switch/patch panel/UPS/Windows Home Server out of the way in a cupboard and using the home server as basically a media server and bittorrent client, remote desktop etc. Next was then to put a HTPC of different specs in the lounge and sitting room, the sitting room would simply be a glorified media extender type of system and the lounge PC doing the full monty of recording/watching/DVD/Blu-ray you name it. The plan in all was to keep cost of running the system to a minimum, the Windows Home Server is designed as 24-7 operation which I am not too happy about but have found a plug-in called lights out that can remedy this by using Wake on lan to bring the server to life whenever a client starts, sounds good. Next problem is what hardware to use? Some people say use a laptop for power saving and plug in some USB drives/eSata drives, what about hard disk failure? What HTPC, I need HDMI with audio and it needs to run low power most of the time, I dont want media anywhere but on the server. Anyone got any experience using vista media center for starting up recording and then suspending to ram successfully? What sort of processor/ram do I need for 1080p? What graphics card can I get to do the audio over 1 connection too? So many questions, I hope some of you have some answers and some wise words before I go any further and waste money on gear I dont need.