Hello I am brand new to this forum and I have very specific questions which I would like to get answered. I've been reading some of the threads here for the past couple of weeks trying to figure out what to do, but I have no idea how to get started. Basically I think I lie somewhere in the middle. I don't want a basic streamer from PC to TV. I know how to do that. It won't do. I can't renovate my entire childhood bedroom. My mom would freak. I still live at home for the time being, I just got a full time job working IT at a small local company. So since I am on good terms with my parents they are letting me stay to save up money so I can actually be able to buy my own place (That's where the fun will really begin). The rent is too high in NJ! I have shared a room with my brother up to this point and now he has moved out, so I would love to change things up a bit!
I already have amassed a mountain of DVDs, and multimedia files on multiple hard drives. This includes movies, music, Complete collections of TV shows, netflix, pandora, porn, spotify etc... Because my room does not have wired connections (wifi only up here) I have already decided to use these guys Powerline AV 500 Mbps 4 Port Gigabit Switch Wall-plug Adapter to hook everything up to give things a Ethernet feel. The house has Verizon FIOS.
The reason why I am writing this thread is because I am not sure whether I should go with NAS, Servers, or something entirely different. NAS seems like the way to go. I want to be able to watch Netflix, download new TV shows instantly etc and have them stored somewhere where I can easily access them from a nice television setup. It seems like something simple, especially for a technology guy like me. I just don't want to spend thousands of dollars on say a server setup when NAS would be much better. I really think Synology diskless systems are the way to go. Am I on the right track? Or should I just custom build a media PC with loads of TB space and just have that connected to the TV 24/7? That seems like a good choice too, but what would I be sacrificing with that idea?
I really like black and sleek designs for the hardware. I'm also looking for the best Media Software/server for the TV.
As you can see I've already done some preliminary research, but again I don't want to waste money I don't have to. So any advice would be helpful.