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In the initial build stages. I have thousands of CD's and Movies that finally warranted this build. I wanted the ability to use this unit as my HTPC with intentions of expanding into gaming. For now i purchased a motherboard and processor that is capable of delivering excellent video and sound with the ability to stream to every room in the house. 16 GB of RAM should be plenty for any and all operations with the ability to install 32 GB. (I should have purchased (2) 8 GB of memory instead of (4) 4 GB of memory). Lesson learned. Using the SSD as my boot drive and 5 1TB HDD to store movies, pictures and music. I will be using storage spaces in Windows 8.1 to write to the HDD's in parity. As far as storage spaces goes, i read some great reviews, and i read a few bad ones. I'll try it out for myself and update this review as needed. Seems like everyone that is against "software raid" are proponents of "hardware raid" and nothing will change they're minds. I will also upload all movies, pictures and music to an offline back-up sever. i may sound a bit paranoid, but i have too much time invested in this to lose everything. Using the Corsair PSU because it's energy efficient. It's on the large side because i intend on adding graphics card(s) and possibly a sound card. We'll see how this motherboard delivers. Added a blu-Ray dvd writer for backing up the movies to the HDD. All this will go into a Silverstone GD08B case and sit right next to my Harmon Kardon receiver. More pics to come when completed.

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  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

What software are you using for HTPC duties?

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

Ripping movies to HDD - DVDFab, Playing movies (DVD's, BDDVD's, and M2ts encodes) - PowerDVD, Movie catalog with playback capabilities - Movienizer, Playing audio - Media Monkey.

PowerDVD has a library catalog feature but it fails in comparison to Movienizer. I play my movies straight out of Movienizer which uses PowerDVD to actually play it. Plus Movienizer has a feature where it builds a catalog for Dune players or WD players to stream movies through my network. (i have not tried this yet).

Media Monkey is a great music player. They also have an app for android that uses the network to control your playlists, volume, whatever from your phone. Lets say your outside entertaining, and a song comes on no one likes or it's too loud, you can control that from your phone instead of going in the house to turn it off or down.

This was my first build and i'm still learning, trying different things out.

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

Media Monkey is a must have on my machine. I've been using it for tagging/labeling/renaming my music collection. I've only had a handful of albums it couldn't identify properly using it's amazon scraper.

For ripping movies, I've been using AnyDVD+CloneDVD. Does a well job, gets the menus too. More often than not though, I usually don't need the menus since I usually end up encoding it to a mp4 or mkv using handbrake.

For organizing my movies, I've been using TheRenamer + Media Center Master. TheRenamer does a really good job of renaming the files to the correct title+year and Media Center Master downloads backdrops and xml data.

Outside that, I'm using Plex to host all my media so that the other computers/tablets/chromecast can easily access it. I am also able to access it remotely; like at work or the parents place. The android interface gets offered sometimes for free on the amazon store.