right now my newegg cart is at $836 shipped. I dont want to top $1k and I still need an OS like media center, a psu and a few cables. I also have that antec IR receiver in there, which is $107. So that puts our prices are roughly the same. I like the case that I picked because it has a full 5.25" external drive for the ir reciever/media interface ( http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product...82E16811999192
Ill provide some reasoning here why Im considering this, to give you some more insight to my situation.
I finally got rid of my old crt and bought a 42" samsung plasma a month ago ( http://www.samsung.com/ca/consumer/d...PN42A450P1DXZC
) and it wont pick up my ntsc cable signal. So I have an old vcr being used as a medium to pick up the signal and send it to my reciever then the tv. I also have a very old DVD player that doesnt like to read discs. Canada is switching to ATSC in 2012 so I will need an HD box, and a PVR one is $300. A decent blu ray player here is about $300. So im looking at about $600 plus hdmi/optical cables to upgrade.
Then I got thinking that I may be able to build an HTPC to suit my needs for roughly the same and have more capability. All I want this HTPC to do is play my movies, go online and play streaming content (music/movies etc), do all the things your average desktop pc does and get rid of all the mess of cables I have running.
So as far as resolution goes, I dont really need the blu ray player, Im content watching regular dvds but I figure if im going to get an optical drive, the value is there in having the BDrom. For HD programming, when the time comes that I have to switch to ATSC then Im sure I will have some HD channels.
long winded I know, but that should give some insight into what kind of resolution Ill be running. I know nothing about resolution, I fell out of the loop when the plasma and lcd tvs came out.
edit: I see if I go with a cd/dvd drive then It will knock off $100 from my price, its real tempting, my local movie store doesnt even rent blu ray discs anyway and I can always upgrade. So im going to drop the BD capability and opt for a $30 dvd rom so my new price is $720 shipped.