Yeah, I do plan on going the i3 Ivy Bridge route later this year, but for now I was just looking to reuse my old desktop that's just sitting there collecting dust. Other than the video card not being HDCP compliant(which is one of the minimum requirements), this box is perfect for what I want.... a WMC DVR.
I just think that there can't be much of a video card needed since I'm not going to have it connected to a TV and won't be playing any games on it. The only reason I can think of for having a minimum requirement for the video card is to prevent unauthorized copying of content.
So, for now, I guess my question(s) is this. Is there a way to get around digital cable advisor? Such as install my GTX670 from my main desktop temporarily into this "htpc", run the digital cable advisor so it passes and installs the rest of the software, then when the setup is complete, put back in the HD 2400 Pro? Would that work? Or do I need to pick up a $20 or $30 video card that supports HDCP?