I wanted to mention, my second choice right now is the Athlon II X2 250. I'm not sure if a discrete graphics card would be needed with something like this, though.
I am researching components in while I save up for my first PC build. The goal is to build a budget/low end HTPC. I don't know if I have a need for an HTPC and really just want to do the build for fun/curiosity. It may end up as a general purpose desktop when it is all said and done.