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Hi all,

I have a PC that I want to start using as a NAS to stream media to my PS3.

The specs are

Athlon II X4 635
3GB RAM
320GB HDD Will add more at a later stage

Now I have read the system requirements for Freenas, and it looks like my PC doesnt have enough RAM and I cant buy more, so what operating systems can I get on it without there being a problem?
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You can check my FreeNAS build in my sig. You can run FreeNAS on the machine you have with more RAM, but you will have some issues. If you plan to use Plex to stream, the CPU is going to be put through it's paces. It is about as powerful as the Pentium in my rig. It is just barley enough to stream one full HD movie at a time. I rip uncompressed MKV files to keep quality up. But, this will not be the only issue you have. If you plan to use ZFS you need LOTS of RAM and it really needs to be ECC. Hence the server board in my machine. You need a workstation/server chipset on the mobo that supports ECC memory. The reason is ZFS relies on data in RAM over anything else.

Realistically, it's better to build a new or at least server grade used parts and new drives for FreeNAS. If you do not want redundant drives or anything like that, you can make what you have work. But you will be at risk of drive failure wiping your data in whole or part. No matter what you need at least 8GB of RAM.
 
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Thanks for the help.

Im rather confused as to why the CPU etc would struggle to stream it. Surely if i can plug a monitor into that PC, and watch a full HD movie, it should be ok, all thats different is that im sending media over a network cable. Am I missing something?
I dont doubt what you are saying, I would just like to know why it works like that.
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Plex will transcode on the fly to the device. When I play a 1080p Blueray MKV from my server to my xbox for example, the CPU sits near 100% the whole time. I am actually planning to upgrade to a Xeon later.
 
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Plex will transcode on the fly to the device. When I play a 1080p Blueray MKV from my server to my xbox for example, the CPU sits near 100% the whole time. I am actually planning to upgrade to a Xeon later.

I think I may be asking the wrong question then

All I need is for my PS3 to read the media files off of the PC.

Would this then not be the same thing?
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822165534
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Not exactly. FreeNAS is a much more powerfull OS then anything on a premade box. FreeNAS does not have DLNA by default. The easiest way to get it is by installing the Plex plugin. Otherwise you have to manually install something like mini DLNA in a jail inside freeNAS. Jails are basically FreeNAS VM's in simple terms. But this can require some command line work.

Now, Plex will be the easy solution. Just install it and it you have two options. Run a plex client app on the PS3 (if there is on) so you have a nice interface to brows media. Or just let the DLNA built into Plex allow the PS3 to access the folders Plex has access to on the server. If you go this route i do not believe there is any transcoding so the file format must be natively supported by the clie t device. MP4 for example. If you go through the Plex app instead the video will transcode as it plays off the server to what ever video format is best for the device. Like when I go on trips I download movies for my son with Plex from my server to a tablet. Plex automatically transcodes to a new format and resolution that works best on Android and sends it to be stored or streamed on the device.

So, its a bit more complicated and capable then a basic NAS box that is prebuilt. And you can do a lot of other things with it too.
 
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