I have decided to go down the HTPC path for a number of reasons and have been following a few of the threads in here to gain from others experience.
So many ways of skinning the cat that I think I am confusing myself.
I am wanting to get Sky Digital and Freeview in HD when possible, so not sure which tuner cards I will go with. The HVR 2200 seems to be the better one from what I have read.
I have the right Sky card (NZ47XXX) to use the Jaycar card reader so plan to go down this path as well.
The question I have is around AMP and TV integration. I have an oldish Sony STRDE545 amp which does the surrond sound etc for the lounge. I don't really want to upgrade it just yet if I don't need to.
The TV is a 46inch Bravia X Series acting as a monitor - ie I don't use sound out of it.
The amp doesn't do HDMI, but the tv does. Can I use HDMI on the PC to the TV for video and the onboard 5.1 channels to the amp for audio? MOBO has yet to be decided on, as is the graphic card (and potentially sound card).
Or is there a better way?
I haven't been able to find a good FAQ on setting up an HTPC yet, but happy to be pointed in that direction if they exist.