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So I'm looking at adding some hardware to my network... possibly an HTPC, an NAS or a better media streaming device. I recently cancelled my cable subscription and am looking for some better solutions to streaming media.

Currently, I am streaming all of my movies and TV shows from my sig rig which has:
  • 64GB Crucial M4
  • 2x 640GB WD Black
  • 1x 1TB WD Black
  • 1x 2tb WD Green
  • 1x 500GB WD
  • 1x 2TB WD External HD
  • 1x 1TB Buffalo External HD


I think I'm at the max, or close to the max amount of hard drives I can stick into my sig rig, so it's obviously not the best sustainable solution.

I stream everything to either my Patriot Box Office running custom Medebo firmware or my Xbox 360.

I recently upgraded my sig rig, so I have a Gigabyte P45-UD3P, Intel Q6600 G0 and 4GB OCZ ram leftover. I can either use these parts in a new HTPC build, or sell them for money to buy better parts in a new HTPC build, a nice NAS box, or a better media streamer.

I don't know much about HTPC's (parts wise). I have been reading up on NAS boxes recently, but they get very expensive. I have also been reading about newer media streaming boxes such as the D-Link Boxee Box and others...

Whatever I end up with, if it has to be connected directly to my home theater system, I want it to be sleek and small as I don't want to have a mess of cables and a massive box sitting beside my entertainment unit as my home theater system is in the main room of my house.

With spending as little as possible in mind and keeping things user-friendly when streaming the media, what would you do?
    
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post #2 of 4
If you don't mind starting from scratch you can go with AMD Llano.
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If you don't want to spend money on a Windows OS install, a *nix distro will work. The best part is you can then decide to use Mythbuntu (for example). There is some configuration work to be done, but if you follow the tutorials, you'll be fine.
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With that many hd's it looks like you may be better off with a NAS. NAS's are only expensive because of the Hard drives. Outside of that the rest of the components can be pretty cheap.

If you do decide to get a NAS i'd look into running FreeNAS on it because it has the ability to run uPnP so you can use it to stream to your 360 and patriot. Although I'd research a bit more to make sure it is your best choice.
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