I am planning to build a microATX form factor HTPC. I plan to use solely for the purpose of ripping and storing blu-ray movies for easy playback in my home theater, along with playback of lossless music files - no usage as a DVR or TV tuner is planned. Plan to route the video to my receiver via HDMI, and the sound via digital coaxial to my receiver for surround processing (5.1).
Need all components, but need suggestions for the best bang-for-your-buck CPU/mobo/GPU setup for the usage above. Suggestions regarding a quiet cooling solution, microATX case, RAM are also welcome. Budget $1500 or less (preferably).