I used to be very in touch with all the newest tech, but now I am out of touch... so I can use your help! I have read all about mediabuilds, nas builds, gaming builds, etc on these forums, but I still don't know what to do. I currently have a 2003 desktop that turns on about 25% of the time, and a brand new work supplied awesome laptop that I can game on and do all of my work, but my wife likes to take it over when I get home
What I am looking for is as follows. I would like to have a media center that I can put our pictures, videos, music, etc on. I enjoy a lot of unlicensed fansub anime so it would be nice to be able to run torrent downloads. We have a playstation 3 so I guess I could just use a storage system and stream the data to my PS3. My wife tends to take over my lappy when I get home so she can browse, play on facebook, write docs, but she does not do anything with heavy processing. I have been playing with the idea of getting a really inexpensive laptop for the wife and then putting together a new budget media center or setting up a NAS for our media storage only. What would you suggest - since I have a PS3 should I just save the money and invest in a NAS, or would it be in our best interest to get a dedicated media center that would cost more?
I'm being fairly ambiguous, but then again I am a total newbie again so I'm having to start from the beginning. Please let me know if I can add anything else for you.
I have an older HDTV so it doesn't have HDMI, but in the near future I think we will be getting a new TV - ours is starting to turn shades of red and pink where the bulb is getting old and a replacement is over 500 bucks. I do play games but my laptop handles the newest games very well, I just have an extra hard disk I bought for my own personal stuff so nothing is installed within the work drives. My old desktop has some storage space but it is a beast, just kicks out a ton of heat, uses a ton of power, is super loud, and so I don't keep it on. Plus it's just old. I guess I pretty much just want something that I can watch my videos on in all sorts of different formats, leave the system on, output music, etc. If I just use it for storage, I will probably but a separate low end laptop for the wife so she has something to work on as well.
a HTPC might be a good choice for you, however if you do go the htpc route and don't mind having a larger case there are some great valued i5/phenom ii pcs that can be built for a reasonable price. What is your budget?