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HTPC + Light gaming build under $500, need recommendations

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My uncle is planning on buying parts for an HTPC to playback his Blu-Rays as well as Blu-Ray and DVD rips off of a hard drive. His son will also be using it for some light gaming, like Skyrim on the lowest settings. The chassi does not need to be included in the cost, as he already purchased one. The chassi ONLY fits Micro-ATX boards and can only utilize low profile bracket GPU's. It does fit standard size PSU's though.

This is what I am thinking so far:

MB/CPU: $120 - Phenom II x6 1045T and ASUS Micro ATX board - http://www.microcenter.com/specials/promotions/AMDbundlePROMO.html

HDD: $100 - Caviar Green 1TB - http://www.amazon.com/Western-Digital-Intellipower-3-5-Inch-Internal/dp/B0053YKMGA/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1334711676&sr=8-2

Optical: $65 - Samsung Internal Blu-Ray Reader - http://www.amazon.com/Samsung-12XReadable-DVD-Writable-SH-B123L-BSBP/dp/B003XIM3QK/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1334711734&sr=8-1

GPU: $140 - Low Profile 6750 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814131448

PSU: $35 - Antec Earthwatts 430W - http://www.amazon.com/Antec-EarthWatts-EA-430D-BRONZE-Supply/dp/B002VLYJRG/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1334711811&sr=8-4

RAM: $40 - 8GB DDR3 RAM - http://www.amazon.com/PNY-PC3-10666-1333MHz-Desktop-MD8192KD3-1333/dp/B004DHNAGM/ref=sr_1_5?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1334711773&sr=1-5



I have a few concerns though: That motherboard only has 1 4-Pin CPU connector but the CPU is a 6 Core CPU. Would this cause problems? I could always substitute a FX-6100 though for an additional $30, but that would go slightly over budget. There is also a low profile 6670 for $100, so that could work too. I know the 6750 is ridiculously overpriced, but I cannot find a better value for a low profile card.

So what do you guys think of this build? Is there anything you would substitute out?
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Instead of a dedicated GPU, you c an get one of those new AMD chips with it built in to the CPU, like this one: [URL=http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103942[/URL]. It has a 6550 built in and is more than enough for blu-ray playback. Then just get a decent mATX mobo like this one: Link. This will also save a little, plus it has an 8-pin cpu power connector and UEFI BIOS if he ever wanted to overclock.
Edited by spacegoast - 4/17/12 at 8:04pm
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i5 2500k (4.7ghz at 1.33v) Asus Maximus IV Extreme MSI GTX 980 Ti 6G Gaming  8GB (2x4GB) G. Skil Sniper  
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Corsair K70 RGB Rapidfire OCZ ZX1000W Corsair 600C Corsair M65 Pro 
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i5 2500k (4.7ghz at 1.33v) Asus Maximus IV Extreme MSI GTX 980 Ti 6G Gaming  8GB (2x4GB) G. Skil Sniper  
Hard DriveCoolingOSMonitor
Crucial M4 Corsair H105 Windows 10 x64 Asus ROG Swift 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Corsair K70 RGB Rapidfire OCZ ZX1000W Corsair 600C Corsair M65 Pro 
AudioOtherOther
V-Moda Crossfade Wireless headphones Sennheiser HX 6XX headphones Schitt Fulla 2 DAC/AMP 
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Don't get the m5a, get the giga over that and ask for a rev 3.1; better vrms
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