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Your next decision is Apple or PC. If you you choose PC you will need to make software decisions (playback, rippers, data base mgt., etc.) whereas Apple will be much more straight forward with Itunes.
I haven't personally AB'd the two formats but the conclusion I came up with from talking to people I trust and reading countless forums is that the sonic difference betwean the two is a wash.
FWIW, I chose to go with Apple in the form of a Mac Mini, due to ease of use and compatibilty with Ipods and Iphones. The Iphone remote is simply a pleasure.
Once you get past a few of these decisions you are in for a treat. I have my system in my living room so we listen to music in diferent ways (background, holiday, entertainment, and in an audiophile context). A computer based server is fantastic in all these environments.