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So I've read a couple of other posts but I'm still slightly confused.

Background. Desktop specs are:
Intel Core 2 Quad - 9650
4GB (2x2GB) DDR2 800mhz
1x 250GB HDD 7200
2x 500GB HDD 7200 (RAID 0) for 1TB
2x GTX 550 Ti SLI
Windows 7 64-bit Ultimate

This is an older desktop of mine that I still use every once in a while, but is far from my main/gaming pc.

I have some 500GB of movies, 300GB of TV shows, and another 100GB of music. My files range from avi, to mvk to mp4 to you name it.

I want to turn this box into a nice media server. One that will be hook directly into my wireless router (it has a 1GB ethernet port on both the motherbard and the router). I also realize the video cards will be useless as it'll all be on my CPU for the playback encoding/decoding. So I'll more than likely take those out, and just put in a GTS 250.

I basically want to turn this box into a dedicated media server. One that all my wireless devices can find and stream movies and shows off of, along with any wired in device to the router (IE my new computer). I also want the ability to connect to it remotely as it'll basically be turned on and left in the corner with no keyboard/mouse or monitor hooked up to it.

So my question is, is there an actual OS out there that is set up for this type of job? Or will I still be required to install Windows or Linux and then install just some software? I'd really like the first option personally. Just the idea of an operating systems who's sole purpose is to be my media storage and stream it to all devices would be great. I ofcourse what it to be set up so that my computer does all the encoding that way devices that can't natural playback say mvk files (like my tv which only likes mp4) can still stream these. I know there are media server programs out there that enable me to play mvk videos on my tv like Playstation Media Server but it can't do everything, and tversity can't really do anything anymore either.

So what do you think? What options do I have?

I've heard people say XBMC, FreeNAS, etc... but I have no clue what those are really, and what all they can do.

Thanks for your advice.
Edited by Miekster - 5/17/13 at 7:12pm
post #2 of 5
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I should note that remote access will be done purely internally on the network. That's why I won't have a keyboard/mouse or monitor hooked up to it. It'll turn it on and leave it in it's corner to do it's thing.

I might just map a drive that way I can put new media on it from my desktop I'll be using (or any other computer on the network)

Once again, appreciate any help/clarification. Thanks again guys.
Edited by Miekster - 5/21/13 at 11:27pm
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So... Anyone?
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You might try the server sub-forum. A lot of similar questions that might already answer this and also some friendly server people who answer stuff like this if you did start a thread (or move this one).
 
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post #5 of 5
Miekster im looking for a similar thing.

I want to hook a pc up to my main tv downstairs which is also next to my router so I can use it as a blu-ray player.
Not only that but i also have a lot of dvd's that i want to rip to my pc so i can get rid of my ugly dvd stand and replace it with just a all in one media pc.
So I want have a media orientated PC that I can plug in via HDMI to my tv and watch movies or play music through my tv or whatever....

I also want to be able to use this as a media hub so I can run foobar or something on my main PC upstairs and be able to play back the songs from the media PC but thought my main PC

I'm not sure if thats possible but it definately is easier for me to store all my music onto a large storage system and then keep local copies of albums I wish to play which i can delete and replace with others when im in the mood (kinda like how you would use an ipod... replacing songs when you want to hear them)

I dont know the best way of going about setting this up but either way, id like to find out!!!
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