Currently I've just been using PS3 Media Server to stream some movies, from an old computer that my dad uses, via my PS3 to watch on my TV. Now that I've finally upgrade my TV, got a receiver and surround speakers I've been debating setting up an HTPC to be dedicated to streaming video.
Pretty much that will be the only use I have for it, no need to play games or anything (have my own desktop for that). However I currently don't have a server/file storage system set up so been tinkering around adding HDD's to the HTPC which changes things somewhat (need case that can fit them etc). Ideally I'd set up a NAS for that, and have the HTPC just to transcode/stream. However I can't seem to find any cheap solutions to either go just the HTPC w/ HDD route or get both.
Something like: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2orRh
I would think would work. But that's still around $700. Not sure if I could go cheaper or get a NAS + HTPC for that price. I've never really built small, only full size towers and such for gaming so never had to worry about PSU size and what not.
So essentially what I want is:
1. Stream full HD 1080P/5.1 Audio content (3d as well, although it really hasn't impressed me but the nephews seem to like it) from local drive/Gigabit network drive
2. 5TB Minimum storage (would like ~20TB but that jacks the price up fast, so future expansion in mind - Would be for NAS only)
3. Not necessary but I'll find an IR reciever to get it to work with my Logitech Harmony remote
Don't think I need an optical drive since I can rip from other computers and such.
Don't really need an OS, have quite a few Win7 Licenses. Though I am starting to look at that OpenELEC (just heard about it yesterday from this forum) or something like PLEX on Win 7. No need for Hulu/netflix etc or any other apps really. Just stream local files to the TV.
Will only be viewing on the 1 TV most likely, though may have some devices like a Kindle Fire HDX or something around , which I believe PLEX allows streaming to multiple devices, I'm sure OpenELEC has something similar with the XBMC.
As for a budget I'm not sure if I'll even be getting something just yet after purchasing the TV and what not. But am just looking for advice while I do my own research.