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Agreed Mfusick, that's a good build that would suit the average HTPC builder.
But, the OP's header was "$1000 HTPC", so I would assume that that he has some specific goals in mind, as the average HTPC should be around $600 or so (anything more generally comes down to storage capacity and aesthetics).
I'm relatively new to this forum, and do not have a lot of experience yet with HTPC specific software, but I've been building computers (as a hobby) for the last 15 years or so.
I've gained a tremendous amount of knowledge from everyone in this forum, and I want to try to give back where I can.
Just like a desktop build, If there is a budget, there should also be a definitive purpose, so that in the end, the computer does what you need it to do.
HTPC's, IMO, takes a little more thought than a regular desktop tower build.
With a $1000 budget, you can put together a nice box with plenty of storage, but if there is a premium on gaming, or some power video encoding, or even a do-it-all PC, the parts and quantities I would suggest come into play.
The OP specifically list PS ( i assume PSU/Power supply), Video Card vs. onboard, and RAM. All three of these items i would need more details to provide a solid recommendation.