Originally Posted by lektern
The follow-on question to all of this is:
What can I expect the total hardware cost to be? (I know, I know, it depends on how much you're willing to spend)
Assuming the following options:
A solid HTPC with 12TB of NAS storage
A solid HTPC with a file server
Thanks everyone for your feedback so far. I plan to subscribe to Assassin's newsletter just to learn more about my options.
Definitely subscribe to AG, that's the best $25 I've spent in a while!
I'm not overly familiar with what NAS storage is, but here is what I built a month ago and what it cost:
Four Seagate Barracuda 7200 3 TB 7200RPM SATA 6 Gb/s NCQ 64MB Cache 3.5-Inch Internal Bare x $96.51 each $386.04
Rosewill Challenger case $39.99
CORSAIR Builder Series CX430 430W ATX12V v2.3 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply $49.99
Two DVD Burners $19.99 each $39.98
AMD A6-5400K Trinity 3.6GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) Socket FM2 65W Dual-Core Desktop APU (CPU + GPU) with DirectX 11 Graphic AMD Radeon HD 7540D $74.99 (minus $10 for combo with mobo) $64.99
MSI FM2-A75MA-E35 FM2 AMD A75 (Hudson D3) HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX AMD Motherboard $59.99
Crucial Ballistix BLS2KIT4G3D1609DS1S0 Desktop Memory Kit - 8GB (2x 4GB), PC3-12800, DDR3-1600MHz, 240-pin DIMM, 1.5V $27.99
Windows 7 64 bit $79.99
Logitech Wireless Touch Keyboard K400 with Built-In Multi-Touch Touchpad $22.99
Total of $771.95
Had I found this forum first, and realized the potential of an HTPC, I think I would have bought a bigger case (to hold more DVD writers and more HDDs), and a motherboard with more SATA ports, or figured out how to do the HDDs separate from the actually HTPC, but we're still AD and moving around a lot, so one case works best for us right now. I only learned about HTPCs about a year ago, but HDD prices are so yucky, I hadn't pursued it. When I caught Amazon's HDDs for less than $100, I bought one, had the husband buy one, and had my mom buy one. (Limit one per account on that deal). One got lost in the mail (my mailman is an idiot), so Amazon sent me another, and then both the original and replacement showed up within the same week. Amazon let me just buy the replacement for the same price.
I consider what I built to be my starter, and I want it to last until the husband retires from the Army. THEN I will look into doing some of the setups these guys have in the pictures thread, and maybe do a server (? I don't know really how they work yet, but when the time comes, i will learn) in a central location and have HTPCs on the different TVs in the house.
Anyway, just babbling, wanted to give you an idea of a budget build.