Ok guys, I am wanting to give my home theater system in the living room a boost of the Apple kind! Im wanting to find out if I should spring for an Apple TV or a nice Mac Mini to hook up to the following setup. This is what I have in my entertainment center right now. I have a 36" Toshiba flat screen with 1 RGB component, 3 composite, and 1 S-video inputs. Its hardly ever been used, and was made in late 2004 - early 2005. The picture is beautiful. Needless to say I will be keeping it for a while. I also have a Direct TV DVR w/ optical out, 800W 5.1 Sony digital surround system w/ optical and digital coaxial inputs, a Nice progressive scan Samsung DVD/VCR combo with a digital coaxial out and RGB component outs, and a Sony 5 disc analog audio changer. I also have a lightning fast D-Link 802.11n wireless network with WPA2 encription enabled and its hooked to my brother 2070N network laser printer. Right now my wife's D620 Dell Laptop (yes i know :-< ) uses it to surf the web and print wirelessly from the couch. I have a WD 750gig and a WD 100gig external HDDs that I use as backups for the D620 as well as my old G3 B&W in the office. What I want to do is setup a media server to allow me to download vids, music, and movies from itunes and be able to manage and play them on the Toshiba. I also want to be able to store and backup the vids off of one of the WD external HDDs. I am kinda new to the whole apple tv / mac mini media system thing. I don't know which way to go, which is better now and which is better for the long run. If I go the mini route, is there a DVI-to-Component RGB adaptor which would allow me to hook it to the tv? Apple TV hase RGB composite outs already built in, so I know it would work, but will I benefit more from a machine that has a full os? Also, is there some kind of video splitter that will allow me to run the apple tv / mm inline with the DVD player so I can just hit a button or flick a switch to change between the two? Any advice you can give would help. Im trying to do this with a budget of $4,000.... Just kidding! I did some searching and came up with only partial setup advice. Thanks guys!