Need Advice on an HTPC Build $700-$800

Approximate Purchase Date: next week.

Budget Range: 700 maybe 800 Before Rebates

System Usage from Most to Least Important: watching movies, playing fairly low level(graphics wise) games.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: or

Country of Origin: USA

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: No

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080, 1920x1200

I am trying to build a HTPC to for my entertainment center to replace my laptop that is currently being used as a makeshift HTPC.

The main purpose of this build would be to play/stream movies from a variety of sources up to 1080p. It should also be able to play some very light games, stuff from maybe 4 years ago that weren't exactly considered cutting edge in that time(for instance the remakes of Monkey Island). I'm somewhat reluctant to use a descrete graphics card for fear of noise and power consumption.

To that end, I came up with the following:
Western Digital Caviar Green WD5000AADS 500GB SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Hard Drive -Bare Drive

Rosewill Green Series RG430-S12 430W Continuous @40°C, 80 PLUS Certified, Single 12V Rail, Active PFC

G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model

GIGABYTE GA-Z68MA-D2H-B3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard

Intel Core i3-2105 Sandy Bridge 3.1GHz LGA 1155 65W Dual-Core Desktop Processor

OCZ Vertex 2 OCZSSD2-2VTXE60G 2.5" 60GB (SSD)

SILVERSTONE Black Aluminum / 0.8mm SECC Grandia Series GD05B

The above was built from a hodge-podge of sources so I'm not really sure about the quality of the system.

This would be my second custom build so I'm still somewhat feeling out the ropes. Any advice is welcome. I've heard good things about AMD's Llano CPUs but I'm don't know their price, and I'm not sure if I can really wait for them to come out(I'm impatient I know).
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  1. I would probably suggest getting a graphics card. A gtx 550 ti should fit your needs. If you get the graphics card, get an i3-2100 instead!
  2. If I add a graphics card, will I need to upgrade/modify my choice in PSU?
  3. Read up on the Llano platform:

    If your games are older and not very graphics intensive, it may be what you are looking for.
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