I actually made a thread about something similar a few days back but I would just like to know what people think is the better alternative for a Mediacenter/Server.
Either a Synology DS412+ (I know its probably a bit overkill for home use..)
OR a homebuilt server
thinking about this config: (also overkill, but again I want to be sure its ok for a mediacenter)
Asus P8Z77-V Deluxe
Core i5 3570k
4gb 1600mhz ram (dont know which ones, just some cheap ones i think..)
SeaSonic x-460 watt passive PSU
and a corsair H100 watercooling system for the CPU (again, probably overkill but I want this making next to no noise!
another questions is if the onboard soundcard is ok if I have a pretty good surroundsystem with a good Yamaha reciever?
Well the nas is fine as long as it is a nas as in networked and at lease gig. I have a full fledged server for transcoding on the fly. There is a free program out there called TVersity that can stream content to your xbox ps3 wii ect. If you have a quad core server it can transcode the files on the fly kind of nice. Also you can use the server to run d/l's and expand the storage as needed just keep adding drives. Another use is run dedicated game servers... I really like having the server but it does need to stay on 24/7 if you want easy access so I would reccomend using the lowest spec or lowest power components you can get quietest also.