This is my first HTPC build. Aside from the motherboard being a lemon (DIMM_B slot didn't work) and having to RMA it, the build was a breeze to set up. It is a bit tight but it's to be expected.
Also the CPU cooler for this machine is underpowered but super silent (I ended up using the Noctua low noise adapter for the case fan). If you are using a similar 95 watt CPU I would recommend a more powerful cooler, like Noctua's NH-L12. I will probably pick one of those up later on.
The RAM is also fantastic with really a really low heatsink, about 2-3mm smaller than my other PC's Mushkin RAM which I thought was slim.