First off im sorry that im posting this here if this is the wrong area. I have no clue where to begin as a lot of my research seems to just lead to more and more confusion.
Background : I have been building my own PC's for about 12 years now. 6 Months HTPC experience. I have just began to get my feet wet in the world of HTPC. No networking experience.
What I have : A newly built HTPC with PLEX HT on it and a 2010 built PC that I am currently using as my My Plex Media Server and to rip my movies.
What I want to be able to do :
-I am happy with both PC's. I just need a new case for the Server PC to accomodate new hard drives and because its been beat the heck up and only one fan works!!!! I just want to transfer everything I currently have to a new case. I am currently running an I7 920 with 6 GIGS of ram and a Radeon HD 5770 so I figured for this would be fine for the server PC still.
-I want the ability to use it as a DVR as well that can stream to all my device. I know I will need an add on card for this.
-Peace of mind for failed hard drive recovery if a hard drive needs to be replaced.
-I am a little confused on the difference between a NAS box and a Tower though. I can't figure out what the difference is other than the size and the price. It is all very confusing to me. Also, I cant seem to find a difference between a Server Tower PC case and a Tower PC case. It seems that the Server PC cases hold LESS drives than a standard Tower.
-I have only seen one peripherial that accepts a Cable Card that specifies it will play on all devices in the network but this card is 300 dollars and it will only play over WMC. Not acceptable to me. It seems to me that I could access my shows on all devices though if I use the card in the Server PC. Am I correct on this assumption?
-As I stated earlier my server PC will be used to rip movies as well as storage so I need to keep windows. As far as the storage is concerned I will not not be starting with a ton of drives but I have begun to do my research and I am confused on the difference between raid and unraid. What is the difference, what is better, and why?
Feel free to direct me to a different area of the forum if in the wrong one and thanks for the help guys.