I'm currently using an all-in-one Samsung Blu Ray Home Theatre unit and it's served its purpose pretty well over the last 5 or so years but the Blu Ray laser appears to have gotten a bit dirty and Samsung has stopped supporting the unit and releasing firmware updates for the unit. I've also recently updated my broadband which expands my options in being able to utilise NetFlix as a potential option for entertainment. All in all, I'm considering that a HTPC might deliver me better versatility in being able to stream media, connect to the file share for movie play or if the right pieces of kit and software is installed, have it be able to also do TV recording as well. The thing that is most pressing on me but also an answer eluding from me at present is how to get the sound out of the HTPC. My current setup has the rear 2 speakers driven by a wireless receiver unit so I don't have a wire wound to the back of the couch. I know this may not be possible so I'd accept feeding a pair of wires around the side of the room and tuck it into the corner of the carpet and skirting board if need be. Ultimately, I'd like to be able to have a 5.1 surround sound setup with 4 tower style speaker units which are controlled directly out of the HTPC. Would this mean I'd need to ensure that whatever I get has to have a decent sound card? What hardware would I need to allow me to integrate the 5.1 surround sound speaker systems without having to get an external receiver to drive the speakers? As an overview, I'm considering hardware like the following: Fractal Design Node 202 case A Mini-ITX board (ASRock FM2A88X-ITX+ maybe?) i3 CPU (which would be suitable? HD5500 onboard graphics or something Iris 6100 capable? or will I need a dedicated video card?) Blu Ray drive SSD boot drive A quiet 5400RPM HDD possible for the TV recording capabilities 4GB RAM (or is 8GB more suitable?) A low profile TV tuner card For control, perhaps one of those Logitech Wireless HTPC style keyboard with the onboard touchpad for mouse controls If I'm looking to cheap it out initially and save a handful of dollars at the start, I'd can the TV recording facility and so not bother with the TV tuner card or HDD. Those can come later. Am I along the right path here? What things am I missing?