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New to HTPC, critique my build

Hey I've finally decided to build a HTPC. I need it to be able to do 3D bluray playback, 1080p mkv streams, very light gaming (emulators), cablecard DVR (comcast or fios using hdhomerun prime), and Netflix/Hulu/Itunes/etc

Here is the build I'm thinking about http://pcpartpicker.com/p/Gj6pzy
would I be better off spending a little bit more for the i3-4130 and a ~$60MB?

the 240gb ssd is actually going into my gaming rig, and I will be taking the 128gb ssd out of that for the HTPC
The 500gb hdd is just for copy-once dvr stuff (HBO), my gaming rig has a few TB that will hold most of the media

audio will be going to just a stereo setup, so I'm not too worried about fancy audio decoding

home is wired with cat5e thru gigE switch

let me know what you think? I'd like to save money anyway possible to get a faster ROI (from ditching cable dvr)
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UPDATE - sorry pasted wrong url

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/rRGhFT
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- You will want a better CPU cooler, e.g. Scythe Shuriken, $35. Then you'd better go with Core i3-4130 with stock cooler (a lot cooler under load).
- 2GB x 2 is enough.
- You can buy a 1TB 3.5" HDD for the same price. The case can hold up to 2 x 3.5" HDD + 1 x 2.5" HDD/SSD.
- The space between PSU and ODD will be very tight. You'd better choose a different PSU (non-sleeved ATX or SFX, e.g. Silverstone ST40F-ES or ST30SF).
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