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Buying any preconfigured PC may end up locking you into proprietary hardware, making it difficult, if not near impossible, to upgrade components down the road. Dell is notorious for this, but I don't know about Acer. There are several guides for picking out HTPC hardware from both renethx and assassin.
Stick with Windows 7 for WMC. Too many issues with Windows 8. "Fast and crisp" doesn't do much for you with regards to HTPC use, especially if you're using WMC.
Forget about wireless for HTPC use. Go with hardwired. If that's not feasible, you might want to consider a PowerLine setup.
SiliconDust has been doing ethernet tuners a lot longer than Ceton so I'd consider them first. It mostly depends on how many tuners you need. If three is sufficient, go with the HDHomeRun Prime. If you need more than four then go with the Ceton InfiniTV6 ETH.