Originally Posted by olyteddy
? ~$500 for a great HTPC, ~$60 per TeraByte for storage....
For my server build (I was planning on using unRaid) I priced about $840, and that's just with 4TB. I didn't really want to build the HTPC, so I was planning on going with an ASRock 252B, which is a pretty sweet build, and it's priced at $775 on amazon. So that alone is $1615. Plus there's the long process of ripping all of my discs, setting up the media software and tweaking audio/video settings, which while some people enjoy doing that kind of stuff, it's just a headache for me.
The cost of converting my movie collection to digital is tiny portion of that, and once they start bundling more movies with a UV license, it would be zero cost to convert. Plus no worry about tweaking anything, it's all there. Granted, I do love the look of a lot of HTPC software like XMBC and MediaPortal more than I do Xbox or PS3's setup, but I'm willing to give that up for price and convenience.