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I agree completely about getting a DAC rather than a CD player, as the DAC is more flexible.
An old PC is perfect for a music server, since music servers generally don't require a lot of horsepower. Just a good amount of drive space and a good network card. If you're technically sophisticated, you can install Linux on the old PC and make it an impressive server. If you're not, then don't fear, because Windows can do an adequate job of that nowadays.
I'd recommend getting a Logitech Squeezebox rather than worry about a sound card. It's a great server platform, and you can buy as many Squeezeboxes in the future as you want, and then listen to music in multiple parts of the house. (I use an old Linux server with 4 Squeezeboxes currently, and it works so well that I'm hesitant to mess with a good thing.)
Buy High Resolution Technologies Music Streamer II+ . It is a USB DAC and does not require a sound card. It is very very good sounding DAC. It is crazy good and for $350.00 you cannot beat it. My audio friends think I should own a more expensive DAC to match the rest of my system. I keep comming back to the music streamer. I now have the music streamer pro and it sounds better yet. It is the balanced version of the II+. Oddly I liked my II+ better than the PS Audio Perfect Wave Dac that I just sold here on audiogon. My new music streamer pro sounds better than my friends Audio Research DAC 8. He just cannot believe that this little box. I am now sold on simple is best.
Go to computeraudiophile dot com and check out their FAQ section, which begins with "I'm a total beginner I don't even know what I don't know, where do I start?" You'll find perhaps more than you want to know, but there are many practical suggestions pertinent to your plans.
In an office system I have been using the USB output from a laptop into a Benchmark DAC1-USB -- excellent results.
The simple thing to do to test the waters is to buy a reasonably inexpensive USB DAC like the HRT, NuForce or any of the other good quality inexpensive USB DACs. You can get a lot of information about USB DACs at computeraudiophile.com and at Headfi.org.
If you get a USB dac, you just plug it into your computer and you are instantly off to computer audio land in 5 minutes or less!
If you decide that computer audio is you, then you can start researching upgrades to your music server and higher-end USB DACs and decide if you want to invest your audio dollars into that medium.
Congratulations, you have made astute choices so far. You will soon want isolation support for the Rega. I do not know about that model, but many, if not all, Grados are mor or less incompatible with rega tt's - they lack shielding and pick up hum from the motor. Although I had a similar combo, I had to fabricate a mu-metal shield for the Rega; if I had known, I wouldn't have tried to mix the two.
charles, seeing that you like great gear and high performance i would recommend a mac with pure music / channel d as a player. i am enjoying this set up right now and do all my listening with it. 129 dollars. if you are going pc then look around at some of the recommendations here on audiogon. i doubt you will regret the small price to turn your computer into a serious performer. i have a emotiva erc-1[ isolated with ps audio power cord and morrow ics} with a music fidelity v-dac which works well but not even in the same leaque as my laptop to v-dac.
Keeping the computer out of the listening room is a great way to go in my opinion. Streaming using UpNP from your computer to is easy and you simply need some software and a UpNP receiver from Rotel, Naim, etc or just use an Apple TV to stream iTunes from your old computer into it then into a decent dac and off you go.