Originally Posted by giomania
I researched the old PC yesterday, and am thinking it is not worth it to upgrade (see specs below), as I would need to buy RAM (~ $100 for 4MB) and a video card; I have bigger hard drives already.
What I would really like to do is to build a combination NAS / Media PC, and get rid of my two Netgear ReadyNAS boxes, but I don't know if it makes sense or is possible to do. In this scenario, I would want to install at least 8 of the drives from the NAS devices into the case, and I see there are cases out there to support that. I have Macs in the house, so also need AFP support for those, and it looks like WHS will not do that natively from my brief research yesterday.
Whatever PC the Ceton card goes into will be outside
my HT in the basement, and the HDMI cable and any necessary IR extension cables would run through conduit into my rack area, and then into my HDMI distribution system serving three display devices. So that means I do not require a nice looking or super-quiet HTPC case.
Last, to provide me with the same functionality as the Moxi / Mate system I currently have, I would only need one extender in the Master bedroom.
I guess I need to do some research on the appropriate path forward. Any input would be appreciated.
Inspiron Desktop 530 MiniTower
Intel Core 2 Duo E4500 (2.20GHz)
300W Power Supply
1 GB DDR3 SDRAM 1333MHz (4 DIMMs)
320 GB SATA Hard Drive (7200RPM), 16 MB Cache
DUAL IN-LINE MEMORY MODULE..., 512MB DDR2, 667M, 64X64, 8, 240, 2RX8