Originally Posted by Mfusick
Originally Posted by bryansj
Looks like you left out the Paypal button
I am actually going to do a full "HOW TO BUILD A HIGH VALUE MEDIA SERVER" thread from this build. I am almost done with it.
Working on it as we speak
It will be free btw....
My way of giving back.
Originally Posted by bryansj
Is it just me or have there been more server posts than HTPC posts here lately? Or maybe I just only click on the server related ones... There just isn't as much to play with hardware-wise on a HTPC since the iGPUs started to play HD audio and the video was good enough for 3D 1080p. With a server you can just keep upgrading and adding things.
No it is not you.
This is an exploding market. Almost anyone with an HTPC gets into the issue and question "what do to about storage"
It's unrealistic to expect a single HDD to do it all like in the past days. And there is just so much advantage to having a home server that extends beyond simple storage.
Moving the storage outside your HTPC allows you to have content everywhere, and also build smaller, cheaper HTPC's that run cooler and quieter.
HTPC + Media server is really the ultimate solution. I think the HTPC is getting pretty simple and many of the current HTPC owners are now looking to build a media server which can be more complicated and trickier to set up when you start talking about software RAID, drive pooling, flashing SATA cards and such crazy things.
It's not really harder in hindsight, but hindsight is always 20/20. I started this thread with much less knowledge than I have now building my 4th media server. It's fun to me. I must be crazy but I guess this is my new hobby.
It used to be home theater but that got boring when I wised up to the fact what I want is $250k+ (new construction, ground up- sound treated and optimized from the start. 30feet long... stadium seating- bar in the back. 4k display, 11.2 etc..)
I just simply can not afford to build a new house and theater (even though it is my dream). Perhaps someday. You need to dream.
It is good for you.
I just turned 35 this month so I am getting to old for my old hobby motocross, and for some reason I slowed down playing guitar. I have always been a PC enthusiast, and a home theater enthusiast so home theater + PC = natural fit for me.
I might be weird but I like building this crap, and organizing my media. Of coarse picking out a movie for movie night last night and showing off my server and HTPC to guests was pretty fun too
My friend and family are just blow away; but the problem is few are smart enough or willing to take the road I have taken to make it all happen at the level I have. There is certainly a learning curve in this hobby, that is far beyond the cost of entry. It's cheaper for the hardware than the software + learning how to set it up IMO. Hardware is easiest part.