I think I am comfortable with building my own server but would need some guidance. While still researching I saw a website that offers a pretty neat media server. Vidabox LiivNas looks really nice and love the drop and rip feature. The device is quite expensive and was hoping to get some advice and help in building one that can accomplish the same thing. I figure I can get a better faster option while paying less.
A few questions:
Would the drop and rip feature be available from a software? If so can someone list some.
Can someone suggest a good case with excellent airflow. Does not have to be rack type, actually prefer a tower with harddrive swap feature
Suggestions on MoBo and processor. Might be over Kill but was thinking Z77 and a i5 or i7 CPU . Read somewhere that transcoding might be an issue if videos are compressed. Plus would like to be future proof for atleast 5-10 years if possible
Would a Ethernet card with dual jacks help with read and write speeds? Will be using to house all media: pics, videos, documents and will have multiple users at same time
OS? Which should be the best choice. I was leaning towards WHS .
Harddrives was thinking of 5 or 6 WD red 2 GB drives
Memory card reader
Would I need a raid controller? Which one? Anything else
Any websites that do custom media server builds. I went avadirect but they don't offer latest hardware for media servers
Thanks in advance