Min/max processor requirement HTPC

drmax

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Rebuilding an old pc, keeping the larger tower. Can some tell me the min requirement, and possible "overkill" for a HT type PC? This will be a PC used for watching TV, so would also like to incorporate a TV tuner, and am unsure of this as well. Will not be a gaming machine. I have searched and have not really found my answer. Thx, DM
 
The minimum CPU requirement depends on what you want to do. If you are just going to watch movies and TV shows the above recommended AMD E350 should be fine. If you are going to encode movies to be stored on your hard drive, then you need something a little more powerful like one of the Core i5 CPUs.

As far as overkill, that's actually pretty easy. The following 6 core Intel Core i7-990X Extreme Edition Gulftown 3.46GHz CPU can be purchased for a mere $999.99.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115079