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wedge22 October 1, 2013 10:13 PM

Media Server Advice
 
I am currently using the following,

CPU AMD A4 5300 APU
MOTHERBOARD MSi FM2-A55M-E33
RAM AMD MEMORY Entertainment Edition 4GB PC3-12800 CL9 DDR3 SDRAM (1 x 4GB)
SSD Kingston 64GB (already own)
CASE/PSU INWIN IW-BK623 Micro ATX Tiny Tower, Black w/ 300W Power Supply

as an XBMC based HTPC and streaming files over Powerline adaptors from my DNS 323 NAS. I recently discovered Sickbeard, Couchpotato, SABnzbd and would like to convert the HTPC into a media server/media player. I will add extra HDD for storage but would like to know if this is possible and if so which OS would be the easiest to setup and use? I would like to use Plex to manage the streaming part. I know that I could just but a new Synology NAS with an Atom CPU and install all the apps from there but they are very expensive, I would like to use my current HTPC and just add a couple of HDD for storage, I could even sell the DNS 323 after its all setup.

Up to now I have discovered the following OS options.
Linux Mint with addons
Windows with addons
Custom distro of linux [Flawless] Server Beta ISO Released! - httpimpin

Neolithium_Wpg October 1, 2013 10:41 PM

I'd go with Ubuntu Server more than Mint; while initially it is just a command line install; you can toss a GUI on there if needed. It has much less bloat than many other desktop distributions; and remains quite popular for home servers (Be them media, or file servers).

enaberif October 1, 2013 11:41 PM

Stick with Windows.

If you wish to play any form of a blu-ray disc you cannot do that in Linux and that turned me off very quickly.

wedge22 October 2, 2013 12:11 AM

I have no need to play any optical discs on this device.

wedge22 October 2, 2013 12:25 AM

I was just reading up on Freenas and it seems they have plugins for Plex, Couchpotato, Sickbeard and Sabnzbd, maybe this would be a better option?

lowfat October 2, 2013 09:15 AM

FreeNAS really is meant to be a headless server. I am not sure I'd use it in a living room.

clshades October 2, 2013 07:07 PM

for all the time I've invested in HTPC's I can say that personally I run a file server on the network and the quietest option for HTPC to the tv... I don't even wanna hear it.

wedge22 October 2, 2013 10:03 PM

I agree that it has to be quiet but it is being used in my home theater room and the projector is louder than the current HTPC.

So right now the best option looks like Ubuntu server as its free, I have Windows but its no server edition.

headsh0t October 3, 2013 01:12 PM

You don't need Windows Server if it's only being used as a file server for media streaming.

wedge22 October 3, 2013 04:56 PM

Quote:

You don't need Windows Server if it's only being used as a file server for media streaming.
I did not realize this, so I can use a normal version of Windows 7 or 8 and set it up as a media server running Sickbeard, Couchpotato, Sabnzbd and Plex media server?


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