Originally Posted by hsolo505
I have been admiring the setups in this thread/forum for years. After getting tips from all the posts I can gladly say that I am finally at a happy spot with my AV/HTPC setup... for now.
I use the "standard" HD Homerun Prime setup with WMC + Steam Home Streaming from my desk pc for any gaming needs. All music/photos are stored on the NAS and all streaming is done through the WMC and/or IE.
Recorded TV is through WMC to local secondary drive and moved nightly to share on NAS (Task Scheduler).
All the HTPC's are controlled with the Logitech Harmony/Dinovo Mini combo. I've included photos of my family room, loft, garage, desktop, and network. All from my blood, sweat, and tears!
Just finished updating my setup in an effort to reduce all the hardware!
Consolidated 3x HTPC's and 1 NAS into one PC using Limetech's Unraid and HDMI/USB over Cat6 transmitters/receivers.
Supermicro MBD-X10DAL-I-O ATX Dual-CPU LGA2011-3 Motherboard
2X Intel Xeon E5-2637 V3 3.5GHz Quad-Core OEM/Tray Processor
2X Noctua NH-L9x65 33.8 CFM CPU Cooler /w upgraded CPU Fans, NF-A9 PWM
4X 16GB Micron ECC Registered DDR4 RAM
2X Noctua NF-A8 FLX exhaust fans
1X MSI Geforce GT 710 (for Unraid default display)
3X Asus Strix Geforce GTX 750Ti (for 3 HTPC VM's)
1X Crucial M550 256GB MSATA SSD (for OS/Cache Disk)
2X Seagate 4TB NAS Hard Drive (for storage/shares)
Silverstone SFX-L 700W PSU (Used with Silverstone ATX to SFX bracket to fit 4th GPU)
Silverstone Grandia GD10 HTPC Case
2X AV Access HDBaseT HDMI Transmitter over Cat6
2X AV Access USB 2.0 Extender over Cat6
1X SonicWALL TZ210 Firewall
1X CyberPower OR700LCDRM1U UPS 700VA 400W
Each of the three VM's are running Windows 7 with Media Center and uses HD Homerun Prime for TV/DVR. Pinned 2 Cores (4 Threads) to each VM. These VM's are the sources for the 3 TV's in the house.
Unraid has been a learning process but enjoyable once you see the positive results. USB passthrough was annoying but simple once done.
My goal is to get the most out of the least equipment. Any thoughts and suggestions welcome!