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Hi all,


I want to build my NAS this week, but i have some questions..
The general porpose for my NAS is to store a lot of movies and play them with 1080p resolution..
I was thinking in ~450€..

The main question, wich board should i buy (the more cheaper that can play 1080p)?
Also, i will spend 270€ with the hdd, about 60€ with power and case.. so i have 100/150€ to the boaard


Can anyone help me?
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Are you talking a NAS or an HTPC? a NAS is a network attached storage, used for storing media, as long as you have a Gigabit connection and any sort of decent CPU (i.e. Pentium 4 on up) you should be able to stream 1080p from it, if you're talking HTPC then you want a CPU with an decent integrated GPU (see APU from AMD) or a dedicated GPU.
Edited by appleg33k85 - 10/10/12 at 11:56am
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Originally Posted by appleg33k85 View Post

Are you talking a NAS or an HTPC? a NAS is a network attached storage, used for storing media, as long as you have a Gigabit connection and any sort of decent CPU (i.e. Pentium 4 on up) you should be able to stream 1080p from it, if you're talking HTPC then you want a CPU with an integrated GPU or a dedicated GPU.

What he said. My ARM CPU NAS can easily stream 1080p from my collection, even support multiple stream jobs on my home network.

For 1080p stuff, even an older Atom/ION board will suffice. I have one in an HTPC right now running XBMC as my primary client for viewing content locally and on the network with combined libraries.
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Sorry,
I want a pc able to stream 1080 (it's easy yes) and able to play 1080p in a television with hdmi i think
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You could do that with an Atom/ION unit, however newer more compact systems are on the market from AMD's APU system. I currently have an AMD APU system that can do 1080p streaming on the network. I would say that something along those lines as a base case would a good place to start. If budget permits, you can always easily branch up and get an i3 or comparable AMD CPU.

Now, the question to ask is this: what size and noise level are you willing to live with? If you want an Atom/ION or AMD APU system, they noise level is non existent and can be fit in small "shoe box" designs, but the speed won't be to the level of a fast desktop.

For your budget, you can get quite a lot. Typically the sweet spot is $500 USD for something decent.
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post #6 of 7
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Ok, so,

Can you give a board or a board\cpu that can stream 1080 and play it( atention, when i say play is that the pc may be use as a home cinema pc) with a price 100-150 €?

And the secon option is:
Can you build a pc to watch 1080 and stream it too that cost max 470€ , wich 270 are made for hdd?
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Pardon the long delay.

For the NAS at that price, you are better off getting an all in one board with the CPU/GPU together which would run less than $100 USD which would easily fit your budget. This is a DIY build, so for the software you'd use for the "NAS" function, use FreeNAS. Since you aren't watching stuff on it, having an onboard GPU (powered by the CPU) would be just fine (aka non AMD or Nvidia GPU included with it).

Personally I have a QNAP 212 Turbo NAS which is about $200 USD (a few bucks more than your budget) and it comes all ready to go out of the box. Just add HDDs and configure from any computer on your network. It would be a TON easier to set up as everything you need is already there. If you can swing for it, I'd HIGHLY recommend that you get something like this. My personal one has 2x 3TB drives in JBOD and I love the thing to death smile.gif

For the streaming PC (where you would be watching), keep in mind that the CPUs on the mini boards that you see on the market aren't capable that much of playing a large mkv (or other format) bluray file let alone any bluray disk. This is where having an Nvidia ION (or other GPU type) or an AMD HD card is best. Pick any board/CPU/GPU combination like I mentioned on this page for example: http://www.newegg.com/Store/SubCategory.aspx?SubCategory=446&name=Motherboard-CPU-VGA-Combo. I realize this is newegg, but honestly I don't know what options you have where ever you live. I assume you are in the EU as you mention euro prices, so just try to match up something on that site like I suggested with what would fit your budget.

I can personally vouch for both nvidia ION and AMD's onboard GPUs (using an AMD APU netbook) and with the right software, you can offload the video processing to the GPU and have smooth sailing 1080p video.

For a media center experience, use XBMC (mandatory!). I spent probably a year and a half configuring codecs manually for the processing and then you had to worry about subtitles and other things going wrong like video/audio sync issues with other playback software. It was nasty! XBMC is the one to get. No fuss. Just set up your folders in it where it should find your media, either locally or on a network drive like I have. You can even combine folders from local and network drives to create 1 directory. I currently use this with my Atom 1.6ghz dual core/ION (GF 9400M) board combination.

If you don't want that experience, get VLC and in the options under Plugins and Codecs (I think that is what it is called from memory), enable the option for GPU processing. I'm using that set up currently with my AMD APU netbook and it can easily play any 1080p video I can throw at it at any size with CPU usage about 20% per core.

I hope all this helps. Again, pardon the delay. If you have any further questions, I set this thread to email me when you respond.
Edited by NITRO1250 - 10/14/12 at 12:49pm
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