timmmay: Thanks SB. Did you get charged shipping separately on the case? If so I may just buy another one off ebay or something.
Any tips or guides you used to help with the setup would be good. I read on this thread xbian is better, so I'll try that. I've never done this before, though I've installed Ubuntu and other OS's before, but I've never done much in Linux. I have putty installed for administering my server.
I have a spare SD card, HDMI cable, and power supply lying around. I may need a USB hub, though hopefully I can get away without one initially for the mouse and keyboard.
I plan to use my Android tablet as a remote, and maybe the harmony if I get an IR receiver.
i wouldnt say xbian is better, ive used both and similar speeds/performance. which means which one has better features. which raspbmc does with its update system and easy installer.
personally i recommend you try raspbmc first, its a little easier to setup being a installer (takes longer to install, because the original install is small and downloads most of it during the installation), but 1 click to install, then come back in 20 mins after plugging it in and it should be all ready.