• Pardon our dust as we work on some regularly scheduled forum maintenance. You may notice some missing features during this time. Thank you for your patience!

Question HTPC all in one, or media server / NAS + client?

Crustybeaver

Reputable
Jun 27, 2015
3
0
4,510
0
I'm looking to build a media server storing nothing more than movies and tv series. My current arrangement means that all devices would be in one room including the client / TV. Ideally I am looking for something that suits my current needs but can also be upgraded or expandable as of when it comes to buying my own place.

I've been looking at building a tower server with Freenas, ECC ram, server grade motherboard and Xeon CPU, using ZFS RAID. This would be located on a 10 gigabit network along with my PC and client with Kodi. I've also considered going down the cheaper route of building a media server using non server grade components (consumer mobo, i3 non-ECC ram etc). To add to my confusion I've toyed with the idea of an all-in-one HTPC (as I'm only going to be watching the media on one tv). This HTPC would house a RAID array, be low powered, and operate as both a media server and a client. To help make my decision a little easier I have some questions:
  1. Is using Freenas, ECC ram and ZFS RAID really essential for a media server OR would a RAID array on lower grade consumer components be suffice?
  2. Could I have a Freenas server and Kodi client all-in-one, which I switch on and off as of when I want to watch media?
  3. If I was to opt for a HTPC with consumer grade parts and a standard RAID setup, would this cause problems if at a later point I wanted to move those discs into a ZFS Freenas setup?
Because I'm the only one needing access at this time, and all devices (will currently) be just in one room, I am concerned that having two devices (one that's always on) as being a bit overkill. That said whatever route I choose needs to have the scope to expand without the need to start a fresh. BTW budget will be between £1000 - £2000. I have already purchased 40TB of discs.

* by devices I mean server, client etc, not ipads, phones etc
 
Last edited:

ASK THE COMMUNITY

TRENDING THREADS