Originally Posted by FantaXP7
I'm curious Assassin, or whomever, for a htpc/media server, does it make sense to use a core i7?
Say one day he is watching a bluray and recording live tv, streaming tv to another client, and another client is doing a back up over the network...you get the picture. Multiple processes going on.
I would think hyperthreading would help here and the extra horsepower. Most of the i5s, as far as I know don't have hyperthreading.
Absolutely no need for an i7. You could get an i5 Quad Core if you have mutliple extenders but someone in my sticky thread just tested the i3 with 3 or 4 extenders and it used only about half the CPU. So I think even the i3 would handle those chores. And I doubt that the average person would be doing that much multitasking on a regular basis.
The i3 doesn't get enough respect. Its a hell of a HTPC CPU.
I would also recommend going with 8GB RAM if you were running that many processes instead of my usual 4GB RAM recommendation (although given today's prices 8GB isn't much more anyway).