I came up with the following and wanted to know if you had any ideas on where I could cut some costs. I would like to keep the blu ray reader in case someone develops a free open source blu ray decrypting player in the future. Also, I already have the tuner card, so that one has to stay. Other than that please suggest anything else.
I'm planning on running XBMC (open elec if I can get it to work well or under windows otherwise). Mostly streaming high bitrate video and recording live atsc ota tv. I would like to keep a gaming option open with a low profile HD 7750 or something like that.
If you want to cut cost, you can choose AMD Apu to save the video card cost. A8-5600k is only half price of i3 plus hd 7750, and you can overclock it. If you are not planning on heavy game with this HTPC, APU is a good choice.