Build a HTPC/SFF Living Room PC


Blu-Ray and Media Center (XBMC) capabilities
USB 3.0 (for my external HDD with all my movies)
Light gaming capabilities (Steam's Big Picture mode, emulators for my old consoles)

Aftermarket cooling of some sort so it's quieter
Modular PSU for ease of installation
No overly-bright LEDs
Small footprint to fit in my entertainment center easily
SSD for OS
Windows 8 (willing to use Windows 7 if necessary)

What I'm trying to decide is whether I get an Intel processor and cannibalize my main PC's GPU (MSI Twin Frozr II 560 ti 2GB) for graphics and use this as impetus for upgrading to a 7950, or whether I get an APU and a 7750/7770 with the understanding that I will upgrade to a Kaveri-based APU when they are released.

My budget is somewhere in the neck of $500. I already have 8GB of 1333 RAM and a 500gb internal drive for storage. I have no real preference between mATX and ITX, though I think I would prefer ITX. Networking isn't a problem, my house is wired and I've got a free ethernet drop for the PC.
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  1. PCPartPicker part list:
    Price breakdown by merchant:

    CPU: AMD A6-5400K 3.6GHz Dual-Core Processor ($74.99 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: ASRock FM2A75M-ITX Mini ITX FM2 Motherboard ($96.97 @ Newegg)
    Storage: OCZ Onyx 32GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($44.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Case: Silverstone ML03B HTPC Case ($67.98 @ SuperBiiz)
    Power Supply: PC Power & Cooling Silencer MK III 400W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($62.98 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: LG WH14NS40 Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer ($64.98 @ Newegg)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($79.20 @ Newegg)
    Total: $492.08
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-21 09:46 EST-0500)
  2. What's your definition of small? How small do you need it?
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