- 54 months ago
Hi I have a collection of apprx 6TB of media (movies, pics,ebooks) spreadover 3 different external HDDs and would want to consolidate them into a neat media server. the movies and pics would be primarily shared over 2 TVs in the house- a Samsung 3D 6 series SMART 55'' which has plex app on it; but can play most formats directly as well. a slightly older gen -2011 model LG SMART tv; which cud play some codecs (not mp4 though) but is internet ready. very occasionally, I might want to stream the content onto my iPAD, Macbook or windows 10 laptop as well.
My budget is £300 (stretching to £350) excluding the HDDs; and given the existing HDDs, I am not too fussed about the redundancy- as I'd most likely back up the most celebrated movies/ home movies and pics possibly on 2 HDDs anyways . I intend to place this box in the TV cabinet; and hence a horizontal form factor of chassis is an important consideration. I have 2 4 TB WD red (3.5'') HDDs with me already; and have zeroed in on Crucial BX100 250GB SDD as well. With potential increase in my coontent, I would need the HDDs to be increased to 4 bays prettty soon and so would want to future proof it.
the primary purpose of this box woud remain to be a media server, though I am not very certain if there would be too much of transcoding needed in parallel (ours is a small family so most watch things together).
ethernet ports on MOBO, and hdmi as well as bluetooth (or IR for remote) connectivity would be needed; but I am unsure if I need an NIC. finally if I were to run Kodi add-ons; and decided to record streaming tv; am unsure what extra hardware is needed and how much wud it cost.
on S/W front, I am equally split on FreeNAS and Windows 10 (latter smply becs I have license of that already).
any help if suggesting a build would be greatly appreciated.