So it looks like I should be looking into a computer, but I guess at this point I need to know what features the computer needs to have. My goals are this:
To be able to:
Stream 1080p over cat6
Steam audio over cat6 and wireless
Stream video wirelessly
Be able to stream to TVs, laptops, iPhones, and tablets
To view pictures over cat6 and wirelessly
Stream video from websites such as youtube and NHL.com
Be able to access the above remotely (not 1080p remotely unless that is relatively easy to do.)
Stream 2 or 3 videos at once or 2 videos and one audio stream or similar
The ability to transcode (I am guessing that will be needed using something like Plex or XBMC?)
So in wanting to do the above what sort of hardware requirements would a computer need to have? Once I know that I can start my search. I am hoping I can find something for $300-$400 or so. Maybe used, or upgradable perhaps. Not afraid to build my own machine either. I haven't done that before, but I like that type of stuff, and I have repaired a few laptops before. So any suggestions? Processor requirements? USB 3.0? Graphics card? 10/100/1000? Do I need a Blu-ray drive to rip from? Thanks!
So maybe buy an old PC and swap the processor maybe? Would an i3 be okay or does it need to be an i5? I know this is a total 101 question, but what would the difference be between a PC setup like this and a htpc? Is it a matter of I being directly hook up to a TV?
I see several Mac Mini's in different price ranges. Is there a Ghz speed I should look for? Some seem as low as 1.2ghz.