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I'm no hardware guru by any means. To future proof, ore more it more future robust, and cost permits, I would bump up to a quad core, and increase your ram to eight gigs. Not a necessity, but would be helpful if you're going to do 3D with it later or doing any ripping or transcoding.
I would add regular HDD if you're going to do any DVR. I know it's possible to DVR to a NAS, but I've read it can have issues. Unless, you're going to keep the DVR, those are usually a watch once situation. I've read, or was implied, SSD aren't the best location for DVR. Plus, 128GB is not a lot room if you're going to store media.
Speaking of SSD, unless you're going to be shutting off HTPC, boot times are not an issue.
Another option you could do, and may be more robust for you is do a two machine setup. Have a one machine, say in an office, that you do most of the work, media server, ripper, and so forth. You can use a traditional desktop, so parts are cheaper, bigger for expansion, and so forth. You can keep it near your router and wired. Then you can have your HTPC be your "mini close" with less stuff for it's just a client machine. It's just needs to play files.