What is a good processor for home media server use, I am considering the following:
I will pair the processor with a GT-430 video card that I have laying around.
I want to be kind to the environment and select as low-power solution as possible, while maintaining performance. Does the 2100T's lower clock speed hinder its ability for HTPC use compared with the 2100's 3.1GHz?
At Newegg, currently the best deals for the money are the Pentium G850 and the i3 2120 which has $15 off till tomorrow which in turn makes it cheaper (while being faster) than the 2100.
The 2100T at only 35 watts is very ecofriendly. For home media server use, it should do fine (if you use the machine only as a media server, it won't use much CPU) Only thing I don't like about it is that it is kind of expensive when compared to the 2120. Any one of the CPUs you picked will work, you just have to decide if being ecofriendly is important enough to you to spend the extra money.
For a home media server, personally, I'd pick the Pentium G850 and use the integrated graphics. That's an inexpensive, simple and capable solution (for how it is used) that costs $40 less than the 2100 and $50 less than the 2100T.