I have decided to build a proper HTPC and I have no idea where to start. This is my current setup
QNAP NAS (Ethernet) -> Asus AC66u router -> Samsung TV (ethernet)
My issue is when I play high-bit blu-rays like Avatar I get occasioning buffering and it drives me nuts. DVD are fine. All of my rips (blu-ray/dvd) sit on my NAS in mkv form. I used makemkv. I grabbed an old core 2 duo pc and just installed windows 7/plex media server/ plex home theater client and I WAS BLOWN AWAY!!! Much nicer than the Twonky DLNA server on the NAS. The intent is for the plex server to connect to my NAS via SMB shares.
The primary use will be for the plexserver and client to sit on the same box and connect to my TV via HDMI. Currently I stream my to my windows laptop via regular SMB share and use VLC and I have no issues with this. The Asus router handles this brilliantly.
Of course, while I am doing this I want something that will last, but I also need small form factor, so it's not too unsightly.
I cam across the ZOTAC ZBOX! Has anyone on this forum used them and could you recommend hardware. I am looking at a core-i3 version but am not sure if this will be enough. I do want to the ability to transcode for future use.
Here's the link:
Is this enough for what I want? Is AMD or Intel better for this?
Again the main goal is stutter free playing of my MKV blu-ray ripps. They tendto be around 35GB. give or take.
I want my end setup to be:
QNAP NAS (ethernet) -> Asus AC66u router -> plex server (ethernet) -> Samsung TV (HDMI)