Okay , okay ... I call a time out !
@ the op .
I could go on one of the longest dissertations in the history of man kind on why a pre built pc , let alone a pre built htpc is just not now nor will ever be a wise choice . I will spare u this agony . However , I will list some of the more obvious reasons to consider either #1 building it your self or #2 having a custom builder do it for you . Yes, Assassin PC would be my first choice if I wanted a custom built unit. Actually , it doesn't have to be a total custom expensive unit either . Assassin is right here ... just send him a pm and at least give em a shot at informing you further and see where it goes.
#1 Best Buy ? Really ? No , I just know your not serious about this . You do know that as soon as you walk out the door they are done with you . Uh, no... the $8 per hr. isle jockey is not going to help you
#2 BLOAT WARE out the ying hole . Will take you hours or more to get all that crap off of the computer and will still leave bits of fragmentation on the system that could (will) cause other issues . Custom build or built
and YOU get to decide what goes on the htpc AND you get consultation all the way . You get what u pay for !
#3 Who makes the mother board , ram , fans , dvd drive , hard drive ... etc. ? Nope , you will not have a clue and this really matters when issues start to arise . Those "store boughts" have CHEAP , no name parts that are designed to fail just out side of the warranty period. Really ? , Yes .. really.
#4 Who's going to help you set up all that pretty new software that it takes to run the htpc ? I bought Assassins paid guides and did it my self with some extra help from the forum and quite frankly , I have a really kick ass system that gives a really cool htpc appearance and works smooth as butta
Again , that is about 50 % of the reasons to NOT do store bought .
Click the link in my sig. This fella ain't no joke !