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I am looking to build a relatively inexpensive HTPC and wanted to get some suggestions/recommendations. I don't have much experience building a computer, but I am much more computer/electronics savvy than the average person. My needs for this build are the following:

- Watch TV (eventually add a PVR)

- Play HD quality movies and output to HD TV & 5.1 Channel Surround

- Storage for DVD's (music & pictures are already on a networked HD)

- Run my automation (Homeseer)

- Control with remote

- Has to be 100% reliable as it will be running 24/7 for automation

Here is the configuration I was leaning toward. Please let me know if this will do everything that I described above with relative ease. Also, please make suggestions if you think different hardware would be better suited.

CPU: AMD Athlon II X2 255 Socket AM3 75

Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-MA785GMT-UD2H board 85

Memory: CORSAIR 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 667 (PC2 5300) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model VS4GBKIT667D2 G - Retail 85

HDD: Western Digital GreenPower drive AV-GP WD15EVDS 120

Chassis: Antec Black M FusionRemote 350 Micro ATX 90

Blu-Ray: LG black 8X BD-ROM 16X DVD-ROM 40X CD-ROM SATA 100

Graphics Card:HIS H567Q512 Radeon HD 5670 GDDR5 512MB 95

Total Cost: $650
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