Integrated or dedicated GPU for HTPC

I am building a htpc for:
-watching .mkvs
-streaming videos
-watching cable+OTA channels
-very light web browsing
-no blu ray drive for now but eventually upgrade to watch blu rays

Here's my proposed build so far:
CPU: AMD Athlon 64 X2 5050e

Mobo: Narrowed it down to 2 780g mobos

Ram: G.SKILL 4GB DDR2-800 (already bought)

HDD: Samsung EcoGreen 1tb (already bought)

Case+PSU: waiting for a good deal on case/psu like the antec nsk2480

TV tuner: don't really know anything about them, waiting for a deal on a Hauppauge. (any suggestions?)

Also, do i need this GPU:
or just use the hd3200 on my mobo?

Im planning on using the W7RC MC for awhile.

Feel free to make ANY suggestions. I would absolutely appreciate it. (esp the tuner+GPU)
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  1. You shouldn't need a separate GPU.

    I tend to prefer Intel, but if I were building an HTPC, I'd go with a 780G or 790G AMD chipset.
  2. ^+1 You wont need any discrete graphics card for those tasks...even for blue-ray playback...
    Preferably get the 790GX mobo as most of them come with on-board 128MB vRAM dedicated for the on-board graphics...
    or even the 780G with 128MB side-port memory...
  3. Read up on this site:

    to get some really good comparison details for TV tuners.
  4. I've had great luck with Hauppauge tuners. I currently have both a HVR-1600 and HVR-2250 in my HTPC. I highly recommend the 2250.

    Hauppauge WinTV-HVR-2250 Media Center Kit Dual TV Tuner 1213 PCI-Express x1 Interface - Retail
  5. Whats the difference between using the comcast cable box or a TV tuner? Other than not paying for one... It wouldnt be a huge deal to switch inputs. Are there any other advantages?

    The difference between the 780g and the 780gx/fx is huge. Wouldn't I just be bettter off buying a $30 HD4550? (Or none, if its not entirely necessary)
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