Join Date: Sep 2012
Location: Port Washington, NY
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I'm about to build my first HTPC and plan to use it for the main TV via HDMI and with four Echo Extenders. I'm having trouble deciding between an i3 or i5 processor because I can't get a handle on what kind of load an extender will place on the HTPC. The Microsoft recommendation is for 1 Gig of ram and 1 Core per extender. However, I suspect this recommendation is due to the possible need for transcoding.
If I'm playing back recoded TV to an Echo, what kind of load will be placed on the HTPC?
If I'm playing back ripped Blu-Ray or DVD's to en Echo, what kind of load will placed on the HTPC?
I'd like to support 3 or 4 simultaneous extenders from the HTPC while also playing back via HTMI to the main TV.
The two processors I am targeting are the i3-3225 and the i5-3570K, both with HD4000 graphics. I'd rather not have the i5 if is not needed due to the extra heat it generates and the possible need for a large case to deal with it.