I've got 2 homebuilt desktops at home, mine and my wife's. We've got 2 bedrooms and a living room. I would like to stream Hifi (FLAC or equivalent) to all rooms as well as HD video to a potential new TV.
I am uncertain about whether to go with using my rig as a home server, building a home server on the cheap (linux?) or using NAS (sounds expensive and limited to me)?
Current Media Layout
I use XBMC at the moment as a front end. I've got a good but cheap vintage (ala 1995) Hifi amp driving a pair of B&W 685's and might be looking at getting more amps/avreceivers and speakers in the future. Currently I have a 24 inch 1080p screen that we watch stuff on, wife's got her own 23inch 1080p and we have an outdated projection tv. Next updgrade is probably a LED TV around 40 inch size. What I want to do though is optimize my media to be able to access it on all systems relatively lag free. We have a Wifi box with 4x ethernet connections as well (which might be smoother than WIFI)
CPU: AMD Phenom II B50 X4 at 3.7Ghz with a Tuniq 120 Extreme
GFX: AMD Sapphire 6870 1 GB
MOBO: ASUS 890GX
RAM: G. Skill 2x 4GB DDR3 1333MHz
Case: CM Stacker 831 (plenty of room)
PSU: Antec Earthwatts 750 Mod PSU
System Drive: Agility SSD 60 GB
Game Drive: Samsung F3 1 TB HDD
Media Drive: Samsung F2 1.5 TB HDD
Case: CM Stacker 831 (thats right, another one I got for free, missing a side door)
RAM: 2x2GB DDR3
GFX: 2 x AMD 4850 512MB
Several external HDDs that could be taken apart and used as internals
+ any parts from my rig if I chose to upgrade them
1. Build cheap Linux system for a home server from spare parts (instead of NAS?)
2. Wireless media streaming to TV and HiFi using rasberryPi? What are the best ways to do this? I have a good home Hifi AMP but its old so its wired into my PC at moment - want to stream FLAC to it in the living room?
Wired link of systems? (messy)
3. Buy an actual Tv (lol)
4. Upgrade media storage for high capacity/uninterrupted HD streaming to TC, HiFi, Phones etc. Important that this system is somewhat modular and up-gradable in the future.
Thanks you guys for any help it is much appreciated. Feel free to kick around any ideas and even some blue sky thinking - its fun to dream even if it isn't realistic