A friend of mine is in the process of setting up a computer rig. He wants to set it up in his family room, so it needs to "blend" in with the room (and not look like a computer rig).
There are two main questions --
1) how can he set it up to look good? Example -- he has already purchased an 80 GB external hard drive that comes in a nice aluminum chassis that would look fine in a family room.
2) what else does he need to set it up? He already has a 2-channel system in the room that includes a CD player, amp, tube pre and speakers. Would a laptop computer work? External sound card needed? If so, what brand? What kind of software is best?
Also, he's trying to keep the cost at a minimum (say, less than $700).