Well I ordered the system and I will outline below the parts and pricing so if anyone else is looking at something similar for the dollar value. If everything goes well I should be getting the parts mid next week and hopefully have it assembilled late next week (work permitting).
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DVD-LG-GGW-H20L LG Blu-Ray Writer GGW-H20L 6X Super Multi SATA 365$
Patriot Extreme Performance 4GB 2X2GB PC2-6400 115$ (Yea i was going to go with 2GB but in the end the 4GB kit was the same price as a 2GB kit)
Seagate Barracuda ES.2 1000GB 1TB SATA2 7200RPM 32MB 304$
Microsoft Windows Vista Ultimate Edition 64BIT 213$
Silverstone Lascala LC20B Black HTPC Desktop Case 140$
Gigabyte GA-MA78GM-S2H AMD 780G mATX AM2+ 95$
Noctua NH-U12P LGA775 AM2 Heatsink Heatpipe Cooler W/ NF-P12 120MM Fan 55$ (I am hoping this will be more silent and run cooler than the stock one)
AMD Phenom X4 9550 Quad Core Processor Socket AM2 2.2GHZ 4MB Cache 95W Retail Box 204$ (I was going to go with the X2 but a lot of reviews are saying that the Phenom pairs better for the HTPC)
Microsoft Remote Control /W USB Receiver OEM for Windows XP Media Center Edition 27$
Total is 1518$
All in all not too bad just over 1500$ should built a pretty good HTPC, the price could come down by at least 300$ if you change out the CPU for an X2 and the LG drive for the older gen one. You could even get a different CPU cooler or go with the stock one. Another change could be the HDD, i went with the Seagate as it is their server side one so the life to live should be better. Once it is together I will post up some pictures of the setup and how well everything works together with HD/BD playback and recording from the Shaw DC-6200.