I'll give it a go, but my money's on Q for this one
just a comment on PCs as blu-ray players. In vista and at this stage W7, MS has not been willing to write/license the necessary code to support playback natively(but recording yes)
Hence, you need third party apps like Arcsofts Total Media, or Cyberlink Power DVD8. The latter looks pretty swish, and is touted to integrate into windows 7 media center(7MC to us htpc types). Then theres the digital audio gripes.
If you are a true bluray fan, bluray standalones are dropping all the time, and the ps3 is touted as about to drop $100 in the not too distant future.
If the client in this example could be convinced to ditch the BR < it would alter funds available for other better components.
@stinger - blu ray playback only? if you want a blu ray recorder, then that further limits build quality, theyre still damn expensive. Talk to this hypothetical client, get them to see reason!!
Also, is it correct to say they only want a version of windows. If they were Linux savvy, theyd be unlikely to ask you to build one. And apple is out of the question if you want to keep things cheap
Just another note for those considering having a go... most people will pick a decent looking case for a home theater build. You cant use a cheap beige monstrosity of a case. It usually needs to fit in with your other av equipment, unless you want to hide it in a cupboard/cabinet somewhere!
@Qliveur - good to see you here mang