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So I recently build a new PC mainly for Gaming. I want to rip my Bluray, store my music and dump my games in one central place. Initially was debating between usb3 and esata but since I would like the TV, PS3, Laptop and new PC to be able to pull stuff from, a NAS would seem like the best solution.

Would I experience any problem if I install the games in the NAS? What would be the best way to do this? I don't care about raid but would be nice for now I have an external HDD were my back ups are keep. Thanks in advance
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The NAS is a good idea, but you wouldnt be able to install games to it over network. If its connected to a router/switch that all your devices are connected to though, you could stream/share content. I took an old dell GX270 SFF and turned it into a NAS/Media Center by throwing in a 2tb WD green as the storage and boot drive, and then a Geforce 220 so i could output video through HDMI. Hope this helps.
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You could put all your data to the NAS but games and programs won`t work over the network.
I just don`t get why you would like to install your games on a NAS?!
You can`t play your PC games on a PS3. And if you want to install it once and play the games on different PCs in a network the you need some "cloud computing" solution so that a server runs the programs and you can access them via network.
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Was more of a space issue since I wanted to do everything out of one location. I have an SSD and eventually it will fill up so having a bigger HD on a NAS would help somewhat since I would like to store and stream other stuff beside games, movies, photos and music across the different devices.

I see people use a separate HD for STEAM and "map it" so was wondering if I could do the same with a NAS. Dont understand why it wouldn't work for SSD/NAS but would for SSD/HDD.
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You could probably install your games to the NAS if you mounted the share as a local drive. I wouldn't recommend it since you'd just be making load times even longer, but it should theoretically work.

As for central backups, that would work quite nicely.
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Thanks to all!

tehmaggot I know that theoretically it SHOULD work but you mention that loading times would be longer.

But maybe I can just move steam games from NAS to SSD and just use the NAS for storage and not to launch the games from the NAS and instead from the SSD. This will help me in not having to download the games each time I want to play if SSD gets full. Now would I have to install the game each time or just move it from the Steam folder on the NAS into the SSD and it would work?
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Thanks to all!

tehmaggot I know that theoretically it SHOULD work but you mention that loading times would be longer.

But maybe I can just move steam games from NAS to SSD and just use the NAS for storage and not to launch the games from the NAS and instead from the SSD. This will help me in not having to download the games each time I want to play if SSD gets full. Now would I have to install the game each time or just move it from the Steam folder on the NAS into the SSD and it would work?
eh, in theory it would work, but you'd probably lose save files, and steam would need network access to verify game files everytime you more the games. wouldnt be very plausible..
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Running Steam games off a NAS should work, but it won't be fast. Just map the share as a local drive and you should be good to go...

Technically games can detect it and choose not to run, but most won't...

I've run games like Wc3 off network shares no problemo. But Blizzard designs their games to run portably, so you can toss them on an external HDD or even a flashdrive.
     
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