@ StardogChampion - I totally agree with you mate. Thats exactly what has happened. I started off with my requirements and that quickly spiraled from a basic HTPC + NAS to a much more powerful machine and a lot more bigger in size. Don't get me wrong, EVERYONE on here has been absolutely wonderful, trying to help me, but different opinions have totally confused me and now I'm not sure what I want. Read below mate for what I'm looking for.
@ Mfusick - Don't be silly mate, you've been absolutely brilliant in trying to advice me and I for one am extremely grateful.
Let me make this clear to everyone....I am extremely grateful for all your help and advice, so please don't be disheartened or think that this is not appreciated
So guys, rather that get further confused, lets forget what any of us have mentioned previously - I'd like to start again and this time my request is for you guys to take a look at Post #21. That is my current setup and layout. I simply want a solution to my problem:-
1. CENTRAL STORAGE SOLUTION SUCH AS A NAS OR LAN HDD
that I send TORRENT, NZB FILES to, SABNZBD etc from my main pc and will automatically download them ready to use
2. BASIC, SMALL/ITX LOWER POWER PC
for the living room that can handle daily office tasks, basic games, web browsing 1080p movies and can output DTS sound via S/PDIF.
Now if after looking at the diagram you think that one machine can do the job of a PC as well as act as a low-power NAS, then I'm willing to increase my budget to around £450ish.
If not, then my budget ranges from £250 - £300 for the PC and about £150-£180 for the NAS.
YOU GUYS DECIDE AND THINK OF THE BEST SOLUTION FOR ME!!