newbie with basic question, please

Read over lots in this and the digital forum. I am interested in setting a server up for high quality playback. Can you please confirm that I am not missing some important piece of the puzzle, please?

1. Apple macbook or imac (w/remotes) - or another option = Apple TV + Itouch/remote software
2. External HD - would a wireless one work?
3. Dac/pre (e.g. benchmark) to amp - speakers

Would this seemingly simple system work, or am I missing something?

Thanks a bunch.
Sounds like mine except for an Airport Express wireless
Go have a look at the "Empirical Audio " site regarding your third point and wireless to external HD.
Besides there is much better audio software around than what Apple has to offer with its I-tunes, but you probably know that.
You're in great shape to get started! If you want to expand (or free up your Macbook) from being wired to the DAC, you can use an Aiport Express as Ericjcabrera has suggested. I have been using iTunes to stream lossless datastreams to several AEs for the last year or so.

Although I was using the wireless capability of the AEs, I found that in my home, I was having problems with interference (microwave) and dropped connections (never could figure that out)!

This last weekend, I went ahead and hardwired my AEs to my network since which has totally eliminated any dropouts or disconnections due to wireless interference. So, I now have to patch up some drywall where I pulled network cabling, but the connections are rock solid.