No, you don't need much of a processor.
Bear in mind I've only had a server for just under a year and used Assassin's guide ,
Since the CPU is running 7/24 it seems like a good idea to have a system that runs
on the 65W or lower processors. Now if your server is being used in a business
environment or constantly handles an interface with the outside (as compared to streaming
music and video to your household) then you probably want more robust of a CPU MOBO and NIC.
Oh, I do all my transcoding on another computer. As I transcode MAYBE a few hours three times
a week that computer only gets run "as needed"
I use speedfan, which crudely shows how much the CPU is working on various tasks.
I HAVE noted the activity running Flexraid on WHS2011 with an I3-2120 and G2139.
It barely registers. Maybe it's pegged running a verification, but that's at 4 in the morning...
Seeing your question above about building the Parity drive, I wish I had bothered to look at this
meter, but... knowing I had over 5T of data, I just let it run while I slept.
Anyway from a newbie to a newbie,