Originally Posted by Prodigy146
A media center will never need a quad core EVER. but if he changes his mind and goes to gaming he could buy a quad core later in the year for a really cheap price. thats why i said that.
Agreed. MC will only need more than a dual-core if your using more than one TV tuner to record something while watching off another card, and running a virus scan. The odds of that happening are slim.
At any rate, you will want Vista Home premium for your OS. It makes everything so easy. Scheduled records, picks up your tv listings, and can do a fair amount of other media-related tasks.