I started reading this thread at page 1, those posts are dated Sept 08. So I jumped to page 263; no I did not read my way through.
Getting tired of swapping , and storing , DVDs. Thinking of building a media server machine to reside in TV room.
I have a Lian-Li case (PC-A76) ordered (It is not the latest and greatest, but at $190 I will be happy).
It has 12 internal 3.5 HDD bays and two 5.25 external drive bays.
I am planing to purchase the Adaptec 6805 RAID card and run eight 4 TB HDDs as RAID 6.
This will provide a relatively safe 24 TB of media storage space in a box which I can cool with a closed loop liquid system. I want quiet.
I have a spare Win7 Pro 64 bit OS sitting on a shelf.
I plan on a socket 1155 mobo with a Z77 chipset. I like either Gigabyte or Asus.
What CPU can you recommend? I am happy with i7 or i5.
I plan on 16 GB RAM; recommendations ?
I have a FiOS DVR box in the TV room, and I have Component cable (and stereo audio) run through the wall to the AverMedia Video capture card on my workstation.
Yes I have parallel video feeds, one the TV and one to my workstation. The card has an HDMI input but the software will not (typically) record that signal.
This Component video arrangement has the advantage of giving me a 1080i captured end result. Way better than burning to SD DVD from the cable TV STB, and then copying from DVD to my HDD.
But I am running from room to room.
1.Set up the recorded TV program to Run, pause it,
2.Go to my workstation , start the video capture software , click on Record ,
3.Run back to the TV room and click on Play.
The AverMedia capture card does not have an RF coax input.
I would love to have some way of routing the cable TV signal directly to my (soon to be) media server, and capturing it there.
I suspect I am going to have future need for more video connections, so I have a Component (with both stereo and digital audio) distribution amplifier device on order; 1 IN 4 Out.
I can see a future need for other workstations , and / or other TVs , in other rooms to have smooth access to search for and play any file from the (soon to be) media server.