I'm currently using a setup where my HTPC is acting as server and HTPC. It's getting a bit dated and lacking some performance especially when e.g. downloading/decompressing and playing HD content (or even navigating WMC). Also the HD setup is not the best.
A good time to replace everything.
The setup needs to:
a) Actsas the media server for the bedroom system (WMC), sonos etc.
b) is on 24/7 (as it also is used to manage all downloading, decompressing etc.). Have a 100mb optic fiber connection.
c) Is the DVBlink server (IPTV) for bedroom system and other devices (like Ipad etc.)
d) directly connected to my Receiver/TV (HDMI) running WMC (win 7) and used for live TV and all other Media (so core entertainment system)
So in short it's kind of a combo of a mediaserver and normal HTPC. No need to be perfectly quit or beautiful, just to be efficient, powerful (sometimes the un-rarring/parring of files and watching a 3d H264 movie hits the max perf of current system) and reliable (!).
I'm now selecting the hardware and will be using Ivy Bridge I5 3750.
- I want to protect everything better (had some HD failures in the past). Already purchased FlexRaid to handle this (incl. pooling)
- wil use approx 8-10 T of HD space max. So thinking of using 4x2T (WD green) of 3x 3T(Seagate)
My main question is with the harddisk setup:
What is the best way to configure this all knowing the usage scenario (especially the combo of being the main HTPC and downloading/unrarring/unparring). Do I put them all in a flexraid config? Do I use a seperate physical HD for the downloading part? Shout I put the OS on a SDD etc?
Any tips are very welcome!