Originally Posted by Salomon72
Thanks for the reply. I guess what I'm looking for is both your options above. I want this machine to be hooked to the main TV but also be able to stream to the other TV's. What, in your opinion, would be best to accomplish both tasks? Would my existing parts suffice? What would you change, buy, etc? I have money to spend if necessary. Thanks
It's been my experience that, whenever possible, running a server and client separately is always preferable. That said, I know more than a few people that use their server PC as their main HTPC as well, and they have few problems if any.
In your situation, you only list one HDD, a 2 TB one. If that is all the media you have, then it sounds like you aren't actually serving much media to other places. However, if you have a substantial collection of media, like on an external drive, then that does change things. Then, there are a few questions to ask yourself.
- How often do people watch on other devices while you are watching from your HTPC?
- How many other devices are likely to be running at the same time (whether you are using the HTPC or not)?
- What resolution will the various devices need streaming at?
Transcoding is a very CPU intensive process. If you are going to have multiple streams going at the same time, your processor may not be up to the challenge, almost certainly not if you are watching anything on the machine at the time. Devices that can access via direct play will help to make a difference there. If you are in a situation where the likelihood of multiple streams is quite low (or even zero), then your machine will do just fine.
For a stand-alone HTPC, your current computer is fine, and it will handle most anything you throw at it unless you start getting all sorts of crazy using MadVR or something. For a server, especially one that could be servicing multiple streams at 1080p all at once, it's not really beefy enough.