Join Date: Aug 2003
Location: sarnia, ontario, Canuckland
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Hello all. Thx Renethx (and other contributors). I was recently debating the merits of a dedicated server plus a htpc or a combo unit. really, I'm the only user, other than a few roku boxes that my wife will use to catch up on a few shows I download for her.
I currently have a drobo 5N which I purchased because it can be loaded with plex server (for the rokus). I normally want the best quality when I download or rip, so the roku/drobo combo chokes on a lot of the content. I would like to sell the drobo after I'm done to offset this build, so flexraid looks like an important part of the build.
the form factor is not important. I will likely use an old case I have around, or perhaps purchase a full size atx case for simplicity, cooler temps, and room for 6 or 7 hard drives plus a blu ray drive to rip my collection. I plan to place it in a room above the home theater equipment closet. I already have Ethernet run there, and can easily get an hdmi cable to feed the denon x4000 receiver/Mitsubishi HC5 projector. this room will have a small desk where I can use it as a regular pc...mostly for ripping, a little surfing...NO gaming. It might be fun to have an emulator rig to play the old NES stuff on a 140" screen, but I imagine that is easily done after the fact. I will be the only one using the pc, other than it serving plex to the rokus.
so basically I want a multifunction pc/htpc/server, located in a room above the theater where it will be used to watch movies. I also want a vpn of some sort for Netflix, hulu, etc (I'm in Canada...and the content is limited).
CPU? I'm thinking a higher end i5 cpu is the way to go,
Motherboard? I would like a mother board that can handle (pass through hdmi) dts master audio and dolby true HD and have enough sata hook ups that I don't need to get an additional controller... is 6 the max? or 8?
I currently have an lg blu ray drive that may work...(it currently doesn't work, but the pc has issues and is getting replaced with an intel NUC...so the drive may or may not work...)
ram? I imagine 8gbs is lots, but I'm open to suggestions. if the moboard has 4 slots, I could get 2 4gb sticks now and be able to add more later if need be.
graphics card? I'm hoping the i5 integrated gpu has the chops to do what I want. I have read the haswells are the first units that can handle frame rates appropriately. I hope not to have to get into madVR etc, but if I do, the case I use should have room to add that in the future.
power supply? I'm open to recommendations. the same pc with the blu ray drive was a custom pc I had built about 5yrs ago...I think I got a good one, but I don't know if things have changed in that time. i'll post what it is when I pull it apart, and ask you all if it can (or should not) be used.
tv tuners? nope. I have a TiVo with lifetime subscription, and a mini networked to it (also with lifetime subscription). they just work, so, they will stay
ssd for OS? I ordered an intel 240gb 530 series ssdsc2bw240a4k5 last night...think I got a good deal.
keyboard(s)/mouse/mice? I have a TK820 920-005108 USB RF Wireless Slim Keyboard with Built-in Touch Pad waiting to be used. it is optimized for windows 8 aparantly... hopefully that won't cause issues if I use windows 7 pro, which I'm open to discuss. it is rf, so I'm hopeful it will work in the home theater. I do need some direction on this as I would also like to have another keyboard/mouse in the same room as the computer. is this possible?
OS/software? is Win 7 pro where its at? I might like the ability to remote in with my android smart phone to start a download every now and then (I'm a shiftworker, so it might be helpful in case I need to troubleshoot on night shifts? just s a thought). I'm open to recommendations on plex/xbmc/media center. I may try them all. I'm most farmiliar with plex.
remote control? sounds nice if its easy...I'm hoping the Logitech keyboard/trackpad combo will suffice (wish it was a backlit keyboard...)
hope that's enough to get the ball rolling! thx in advance for the help and recommendations.
Last edited by armstrr; 10-09-2014 at 09:42 AM.