HTPC Build

I am looking to build an HTPC, and I want to make sure I get the best bang for my buck. First of all, this PC will be running on my 51" plasma, so I want to make sure I will have adequate graphical quality. Second, I need something compact that will fit inside my entertainment center. I was looking at something like this:

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=1875099&Sku=J001-2100

And adding a graphics card to it, but I'm not sure if it's the best possible route. I want to keep this project under $400 if at all possible, but I also want to make sure I will be able to use this system to do all the things I want: stream Netflix and Hulu, browse the web and play videos from websites, and play videos stored on the system.

If anyone has any suggested builds (including a good handheld keyboard with mousepad), I would really appreciate it.
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  1. Also, what are the opinions on this:
    http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=548339&CatId=1812

    It's a little higher than my price range, but comes prebuilt.
  2. APU / Motherboard Combo: $196.99 ASUS F1A75-M PRO FM1 AMD A75 (Hudson D3) SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard with UEFI BIOS

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.895107

    Case: $94.99 SILVERSTONE Black Aluminum / 0.8mm SECC Grandia Series GD05B micro-ATX HTPC Case

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811163166

    PSU: $39.99 APEVIA ATX-CW500WP4 500W ATX Power Supply

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817148027

    RAM: $37.99 G.SKILL Value Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10600) Desktop Memory Model F3-10600CL9D-8GBNT

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231422

    Optical Drive: $64.99 LG Black 10X BD-ROM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-ROM SATA Internal 12X Internal Blu-ray Drive 3D Playback & M-DISC Support Model UH12LS29 LightScribe Support - OEM

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827136246

    HDD: $99.99 Seagate Momentus XT ST95005620AS 500GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache 2.5" SATA 3.0Gb/s with NCQ Solid State Hybrid Drive -Bare Drive

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148591

    TOTAL=534.93

    but theres still some newegg dicounts. Not really under 400, but its an awesome rig to watch bluray 3D, and just Bluray. Decent for an HTPC i guess.
  3. OH and heres a good Keyboard and Mouse, COMBO. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16823201035
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