I'm looking to build my first decent stereo system, but (and this may be sacrilege to audiophiles, I'm not sure) I want to build it around my computer. Meaning: I've ripped all my CDs, stored them on an external hard drive in FLAC format and I'd like to play these files over a decent pair of speakers rather than my computer speakers. I've poked around this site and bought a few issues of TAS - both are very cool and extremely helpful for building a system using a CD player (or, in my dreams, a record player and tube equipment). However, I'm having trouble finding advice/info on how to throw together a nice sounding computer-stereo system. Is it as simple as buying a decent integrated amp, some decent speakers and a squeezebox? Could I, for example, buy the suggested $3500 system listed in the 2005 TAS Recommended Budget Systems article and just swap out the Rotel CD player for a squeezebox or some other interface to link up my cpu-stereo (it's my understanding that simply wiring a computer directly to an amp results in poor sound quality)? I'm not even sure where to start. Any advice or info would be much appreciated. Edit: I'm aware of products like the Olive OPUS, but I *really* want to use the external drive I currently have my music on.