Originally Posted by assassin
Both are more than enough. I would go with the cheaper of the two.
Edit: Just saw that they are the same price. In that case I would get the i3-550.
Thanks assassin for all your hard work in answering questions and putting this thread together. I finished buying the parts I needed for my htpc.
I ended up going with the ASUS P7H55-M PRO mobo because it had a little bit better reviews than the gigabyte, and it's 10 cheaper on sale at newegg than the gigabyte
APEVIA X-QPACK2-NW-BK/500 Black Aluminum Body/ Front Mask MicroATX Desktop Computer Case 500W Power Supply $99.98 after shippinghttp://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811144140
ASUS P7H55-M PRO LGA 1156 Intel H55 HDMI Micro ATX Intel Motherboard $99.99http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813131623
Intel Core i3-540 Clarkdale 3.06GHz LGA 1156 73W Dual-Core Desktop Processor BX80616I3540 $114.99http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819115221
G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL9D-4GBNQ $42.99http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820231190
Rosewill WMC Remote control/Rcvr RRC-127 for Win 7 $24.99http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16880101003
SAMSUNG Spinpoint F4 HD204UI 2TB 5400 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive $79.99http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822152245
I already have a dvd rom / extra hard drives laying around that will go in the system as well. My total cost is $462.84, excluding operating system cost. I could have saved by going with a cheaper case, but the case that I picked out will fit perfectly in my entertainment center. It also allows extra external hd's which I'll need.