Originally Posted by mercracing
I think you and I are at the same but different levels. Your description is basically how I rip and use my stuff too.
Yeah, it used to be about absently changing discs on the PC, while doing other things. Lately I've been noticing that the increasing size of the discs is making it take longer and longer, so I've been looking to upgrade the ~4 y/o PC. I just spent a bunch on the HTPC tho, to get everything up to speed for an i9 processor, and wasn't looking forward to doing it again. That's why I was so excited by Matt's Shield experiment and the cool stuff they're doing in the UHD ripping thread. Now there's a new plan...
As of last week, I had a ~4 y/o PC upstairs in my office, that I rip everything on, and send it down to the NAS. In the HT I have the HTPC which is a pretty monster Windows 10 PC, with drives mapped to the NAS. From it I ran my MoviePoster app TV and Kodi for presenting movies on the NAS, and occasionally iTunes for music. I also kept an Oppo in the rack for the 4k stuff since I couldn't rip it, an Apple TV for iTunes and legacy iTunes movies, and a FiOS cable box.
The new plan which is currently in progress is the Shield (already in place) mapped to the NAS, running Plex. It's already doing double duty, replacing Kodi and iTunes from the HTPC, as well as YouTube. I also upgraded the Apple TV to 4k, since sometimes you just want to rent the movie. I bought a miniPC to take over the MoviePoster app duties, and I'm pulling the HTPC from the rack. I'll take everything out of the HTPC and move all the parts upstairs into my current PC, upgrading it to 2066 and i9 processor compliant, and add the 2 new drives that I just bought so I can start ripping 4k movies. I originally ordered 2 so I wouldn't have to worry about "the one" I ordered not working, but now I'm actually starting to hope that I can rip two at the same time. With any luck I can clear out the 4-5U HTPC from the rack, potentially the Oppo, and put an amp or two back in. That would not only get me back to discless (where I was before UHD came out), but also allow me to fit another amp in the rack and potentially add more speakers to the room.