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That's not what RF means when you're talking about universal remotes. A universal RF remote controls all your IR devices by sending RF from the remote to a base that then blasts IR to all your devices. Universal RF remotes don't actually work with other RF devices besides their own bases.
I never could get the hang of a gyration and quickly sold mine on ebay. I use an RF remote 99% of the time to control everything in my home theater, including the HTPC. All my devices are IR of course. My RF remote was about $40 plus about $20 for the base and blasters. If you watch ebay, there's no need to spend anywhere near $300 for an RF system. Even a brand new URC RFS200 is only $70. If you have line of sight with all your devices and don't mind aiming, then you don't even need RF. I only use it because my coffee table blocks my IR remotes sometimes and my xbox is off axis. The few occasions I need a keyboard/mouse, I just use an iPhone app or, worst case, pull out my Logitech K400r.
Unless you have some hidden devices, it sounds like you don't even need RF. You just need an IR dongle for your HTPC and a very basic universal IR remote. You can do all of that for under $30 if you want.