I just ordered most of these parts for my new build: http://techbuyersguru.com/650-home-theater-pc-build
I'm coming from an older Win 7 machine and am upgrading to Windows 10 (despite the other thread I started where I was attempting to continue to use WMC in Windows 7). I figured dealing with Win 7 driver issues/conflicts with updates breaking stuff, apparently Kaby Lake error messages with future updates on Windows 7, etc that it was time to start new. I spent most of the weekend playing with Plex Live TV and DVR via Plex Media Server installed on my wife's laptop with Windows 10 and the Plex Media Player on the same laptop as well as within the app on my xbox 360s. After trial and error and spending hours reading, here is my conclusion and what i'm planning on doing:
1) Build this PC and install Windows 10 with Plex Media server to run 24/7
2) Continue to use my HDHomeRun Prime with premium cable. I may cut in the future but the wife is insistant we have Nick Jr. and the Disney Channel for the kids.
3) Use Roku Ultras on my main television (where the HTPC is located) and my other two televisions. This is because Plex Live TV does not play live television on my existing xbox 360s. It will only play what you recorded. Same thing with the Plex Media Player installed on Windows 10. According to Plex website, it will work with live television on iOS (which i validated using my Ipad this weekend) and Android (hence using Roku Ultra). I would have loved to just keep my xbox 360s but gotta have live television.
4)Consolidate my two 2TB drives from the older PC onto this 5TB external drive (https://www.costco.com/Seagate-Backu...100301427.html
) I would have most of my .mkv movies and the recorded Plex tv on this drive.
5) Using Roku Ultra gives me incentive to finally upgrade my televisions to 4K / HDR during this holiday season if all the above works.
I have given this a ton of thought--basically all weekend of reading and playing around. I would appreciate any feedback for this "whole house" Plex solution.