I recently started reading up on AVS, and am new here. I frequent OCN and [H], and am a big IT guy. I work for a Microsoft Gold Partner, as a Systems Engineer Consultant...so I deal with a lot of Microsoft products (System Center primarily, as well as server and virtualization) as well as security and storage.
I am just about finished up with my NUS (Network Unified Storage) server build, so I can start loading up drives and moving my data to it. My NUS server consists of a Norco RPC-4224 chassis, an ASUS P8B-E4/L motherboard (quad gigabit NICs), Xeon 1220-V2 CPU, LSI MegaRAID 9261-8i controller with an HP SAS Expander. I will be doing a hardware raid, while running Windows Server 2012 (RC until full release). I plan to have 4 Hitachi 15K600 600GB drives (15K RPM) in Raid 5 (~1.8TB Usable) for my VMs (which will be set up iSCSI with MPIO, to my Hyper-V 2 node cluster), and 20 3TB 7200RPM drives (undecided model), in a Raid 60 for storage. Once that is full, I plan to build a SAS Expander chassis to expand...but that will be awhile. My network will be full on Gigabit, hardwired with Cat6 STP cabling.
Now, I am starting to plan an HTPC build that will look something like this:
Motherboard - ASRock A75M-ITX
CPU - AMD A8-3870K
RAM - 8GB DDR3-2400 (PC3-19200) [Undecided brand]
HDD - 60GB SATA III SSD
PSU - Something at least 80+ Gold (preferably plat)
Case - Undecided
Reason I choose this motherboard is that it's Mini ITX and supports DDR3-2400 RAM. I am looking for a high powered HTPC, that's still small. I want the 3870K in this build, and I know it's overkill. I'm not looking for the most efficient.
Now my question is more about what software (or additional hardware) will I need to be able to do what it is I want to do. I currently have DirecTV, and I want to be able to capture TV and throw it over my network to my NUS server. Now i know a typical capture card will capture whatever it is I am currently watching, but I would like to be able to have a multi-channel capture card, and capture multiple channels at a time in a "set it and forget it" fashion. I know this will require additional hardware, and I am looking to know what kind of capture device I will need. I want to capture and store my content at a 720p .mkv style, as this would mostly be for TV Shows. (Similar to how these scene groups capture for torrenting, but I will NOT be sharing what I capture...I'm not trying to become some uploader or whatever).
Is this even possible with DirecTV? Do I need to drop DirecTV and go back to my local cable company (Comcast/TWC)? If this would require more than one PCI-e card, that is fine...I will switch up to a Micro ATX board. Ideally, I would like to find one card that can add the ability of what I am looking for, but multiple cards are fine. I won't say that I have a budget, because it's one of those things that I will save for until I can get it. I don't expect to spend several to do this, but if it's a card that's $200 or something...fine. Also, what software would I need to do this, that could integrate (or be a part of) an HTPC front end? I plan to get a small keyboard/remote to control my HTPC, so I would like it to all work from that.
Am I asking too much here? lol