With that many DVD's, I think My Movies
for WHS 2011 is the best solution. Why? Because it's completely automated. You stick in the disc, it rips it, and spits it back out. You can even use multiple DVD drives to rip multiple DVDs at once, or if you're really serious, use a disc changer
. In addition to ripping the DVD's, it will collect artwork and metadata automatically and organize the movies into folders with the movie's name. On top of that, you can have it automatically create mobile versions of every movie for playback on phones and tablets. AnyDVD, which is required for decrypting the discs, also allows you to remove the trailers and warnings out of the DVD, again automatically without user intervention.
-To rip one dvd at a time, My Movies requires a $50 contribution. To rip multiple dvd's at a time using multiple drives, it requires a $100 contribution.
-It looks like
you can get 1-year of AnyDVD for $43.
-WHS 2011 is $50.
As for storage, you'll probably need 10-12 TB. I recommend using some sort of redundancy, so you don't lose files in the event of a hard drive failure. FlexRAID is nice because you can run in on the WHS 2011 machine. SnapRAID is also an option I believe. FlexRaid is $60. SnapRaid is free.
As for hardware, I would probably just get an inexpensive LGA 1155 mobo with as many SATA ports as possible. You can add more SATA ports though using expansion cards. 4-8 GB of ram is plenty, and you shouldn't need a strong CPU. The only reason you might want to use a faster CPU is if you plan on doing any transcoding on the server, which includes the My Movies feature that lets you create mobile versions of your movies.
As for your HTPC, My Movies already integrates with WMC. It can also create metadata for other programs like XBMC and JRiver. It even works with Dune media players if you want to go that route.