Originally Posted by galileo2000
Thing is, almost everyone wants to use their HTPC not only as "Video Component", but for some other purposes as well.
i7 would be very nice to have for the video encoding, for instance.
I went with the minimum reqs for my latest Ivy Bridge build, but only because I have another, beefier Sandy Bridge machine, which I can use for the CPU-intensive tasks. Had I started from scratch, I probably would select more powerful than i3 CPU and Z77 chipset MB.
As of the post you have mentioned, IMO it was just a poor choice of the words in the title by the OP there.
And he was punished for this choice multiple times by many nicks
I don't think that's true at all.
I think the main point of this forum (and why it is so great and better than almost every other forum of it kind on the planet) is that is has become a very good HTPC
forum. If you stick around you will see the occasional gaming discussion but very infrequently are people using their HTPC for "some other purpose" that requires an i7, specific latency of RAM, etc.
The minute you "get" these concepts is the minute you "get" HTPC and what its all about. This isn't Hard Forum, Anandtech (where I am the HTPC moderator, btw), Overclockers, etc. This is a very specific niche with a very specific type of machine.
Take the OP in this thread for instance. He is asking --- in a HTPC
forum --- for a design with a silent HTPC/PC. Even the "other purposes" he lists aren't really going to have a dramatic improvement (per cost ratio) from an i7, different latency RAM, etc. An Ivy Bridge i3 with whatever latency you choose will not only get the job done for him but get it done with aplomb.
And then when you factor in the HTPC
aspect of it some of the choices he could make might actually make this a worse machine. Larger CPU, larger PSU (still recommended by many for whatever reason) etc are all likely poor choices for him and not worth the money.
These are the kinds of discussions that I have tought my team at my small company to have with customers. We end up often saving people literally hundreds of dollars for their HTPC
by dispelling myths that simply are not true and offering sound tried and true HTPC advice.
If you don't like my take then don't read my posts. I encourage you to use the ignore function for my account.