Originally Posted by balky
Depending on what you need your NAS for... it is mostly better to have two separate machines... each one dedicated to its own task...
If the NAS will serve only one HTPC connected to the TV or AVR, it surely makes sense to have both on only one machine...
If the NAS will serve 3 smart TVs, two HTPCs, an iPhone, two iPads, family documents, tv recordings...etc... I think it is clear what the better choice should be...
Originally Posted by Mfusick
I just like it better. I find the server to be most reliable when it's a pure server running 24/7 and needs almost no attention. The HTPC on the other hand gets used, turned off, restarted ect... none of which effect the server or stop a stream.
I should have thought past my requirements to what others use and why they make their decisions, and the answers you gave would have been bleedingly obvious.
My situation is somewhat unique in that I have a 1 person household so I want the HTPC/NAS to store movies/music and one of the backups of my personal data. No one else will be using it at other times so there is no need for 24/7 access to files on it. If I'm at work or not actually accessing the drives on it, it will be in sleep mode to save power. So, unless I've missed something obvious again, a combined unit will work for me. I have many of the pieces picked, but will discontinue the threadjack and ask in my own thread shortly. Cheers.