Is it just a HTPC? The 2550 is an I5 IIRC, which is overkill for just a HTPC. If price is a concern, get a motherboard that supports i7/i5/i3 as well as a Pentium and Celeron. Get something like the Celeron G620T which is usually more than enough for a strictly HTPC. Then upgrade if it's not enough and/or when you find the processor you want at the right price. Memory, mobo, and proc should set you back under $200 easily unless you have something specific hardware wise you need.