I ask this question becuase I want to start putting the pieces together and I want to make sure that I do spend extra money for processing power that I will never use. While my budget is around $600 coming under this amount with the most efficient system for my needs will be extremely gratifying.
Here are the things that I will need the HTPC to do now and in the not so distant future.
*TV tuning and recording up to 4 shows at one time. I plan to replace the 2 cable boxes that I currently rent from Verizon. At no time in the next 2 years can I see more than 2 TVs (one using the HTPC and the other using the XBOX as an extender) in use at the same time. I do believe that this may require perhaps a little more than the often quoted 4g of ram??? It may be possible that there might be a situation through the use of PLEX, additional android devices might access the system while the two tvs are in use.
I do plan to use XBMC or Media Brower
* I also have a moderate size blu ray collections and tons of DVDs that eventually I would like to burn into my hard drive. So There will be days when I am buring and watching TV at the same time.
* I DO NOT plan to do any gaming period with one caveat. I would love to revisit my youth and play some of the old NES or Super NES games on the HTPC if those plugins are availalble.
*There will Never be any need for the HTPC to play any 3D content.
*I would like to build a NAS/media server within 12 months if this HTPC build goes ok.
*For what its worth and it may not be worth anything at all, the HTPC will be plugged in directly to my 2012 receiver. Therefore, I will use the receiver to do all the audio work,
The above for the most part is what I will and or plan to do with my HTPC in the near future. Would this be considered a "basic" HTPC? If it is, then I will purchase the pentium G645 for $60 and use the savings on a quieter PSU or larger SSD drive. However for those who know far more than me, Is there a variable that I may have overlooked that would warrant me spending the additional $30 on a Sandy Bridge i3 2120. Lastly at the risk of sounding overbearing, if your answer contains something in the lines of " you really wouldn't notice the difference," regardless of what aspect your describing, void of gaming, I would like to know how you came to that decision.