Well off the sidelines for me... I started with gbpvr specifically because of an article I saw on byopvr. It was an MVP based user experience with the PC as a server only running GBPVR. Actually, that was the only way you could do it since PCs did not have nice things like HDMI outputs. (most did not even have composite). The MVP was great, but had it weaknesses. (remember ...contacting servers.....) I had 2 mvps and then digital came along and messed everything up with good quality recordings. I moved to watching TV with the server at the main TV, then to a PCH, then back to a server, then pulled out the PCH, then back to the server. The PCH was good, but for some unknown reason, the WAF was not there. The prementioned boot process was distracting and sometimes it just was glitchy. Playback and the interface was fantastic, but it was more trouble than at the server.
As most of you know, I have mainly moved to WMC7 since I have a heavily drm'd cable card tuner. I much prefer the simplicity and great features of NPVR, but I am kind of stuck with WMC7. The WAF for WMC7 is not that great either, but she is warming up to it. I sold off my PCH (and yes there are many available on the used market and they bring good prices so someone must like them). I am getting an Xbox as an extender for WMC7. I am hoping it is a smooth working system and the WAF comes back. I hate fan noise so a quiet extender is important to me. I also would love to give the cable company another STB back and move to an extender instead.
Bottom line- I would love to have a server in the office with extenders all around the house and no STBs. But to do this, the extenders would have to work as simply, quickly, quietly and reliably as a STB but with the added benefit of being able to record, use comskip, etc. PCs are also good to have in some rooms, connected to the TV since they have saved my butt several times when I have a failed recording or forget to set up a new show. I can see having a small, micro PC (non-windows) just for internet activities hooked to the TV along side an extender for all the other features. Again, it just depends on the mix of cost, performance and simplicity that the PC or extender can offer.
Server= Asus M3A78-EM, 4 gigs ram, AMD A64 5200+, Windows 7 home premium 32, 1 HVR-1800, 1 PCH A-100, Test Rig, Biostar 880g+, AMD X2 260, 4 gb ram, Windows, 7 Home Premium 32, 1 DCR-2650 cablecard tuner