Sounds great! One thing is for sure: Emby is awesome, it does everything I need it to do almost effortlessly! The server will transcode all day (literally) without a hiccup. I share my server with my brother and a few friends. Saturday, 4 people were transcoding movies from my server simultaneously and after speaking with all of them, there was no delay or buffering at all. Pretty impressive!Very nice! Similar to my setup but on a much larger scale.
I bet that Xeon blows through transcoding effortlessly!
Recently, I transformed my HTPC into a server (not ideal I know but it works great)... I upgraded the case to a fractal design r5. I put an Intel i5-4440 with 16GB mem. I'm up to 3 of the 6TB Red drives and have them pooled with Drivepool (no parity ATM just scanner).
Emby is running on 8.1 pro. Using WMC coupled with MPC-HC. Clients are Roku, AFTV and lots of Web browsers and Win8/10 apps (especially at work
I'd considered Kodi but I'm holding out with high hopes for Emby Theater! This would allow me to get away from WMC (RIP).
Seriously, you should consider Kodi. With the emby plugin, all your media will integrate into your library and your watch count/resume will work seamlessly between devices. I never used WMC so I don't have that to compare to. I do think it is a shame they nixed it with Windows 10 though .