Building server for HTPC - Techist - Tech Forum

Go Back   Techist - Tech Forum > Computer Hardware > System Upgrades
Click Here to Login
Closed Thread
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
 
Old 04-04-2010, 04:26 PM   #1 (permalink)
Ultra Techie
 
Kdar's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2005
Posts: 894
Default Building server for HTPC

I plan to build HTPC, I made a post about it few days ago.

Initially I was thinking to put inside a large 1TB or 2TB 3.5" HardDrive (inside of my HTPC)... but now I am kind of not sure.

Should I get a small, 2.5" harddrive for Linux and XBMC? (for HTPC)

And then build a server for storing all movies, music..etc (have it in garage somewhere).

But I never built a server before and not sure how it will work. Will I able to stream from that server HD movies to my HTPC?

If I will have a server, my HTPC doesn't really needs a lot of space, right? Just enough for OS files, XBMC and other applications, if any.
__________________

Kdar is offline  
Old 04-04-2010, 09:24 PM   #2 (permalink)
Ultra Techie
 
orihS ‪‪‪Shiro's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: NC
Posts: 612
Default Re: Building server for HTPC

Quote:
Originally Posted by Kdar View Post
I plan to build HTPC, I made a post about it few days ago.

Initially I was thinking to put inside a large 1TB or 2TB 3.5" HardDrive (inside of my HTPC)... but now I am kind of not sure.

Should I get a small, 2.5" harddrive for Linux and XBMC? (for HTPC)

And then build a server for storing all movies, music..etc (have it in garage somewhere).

But I never built a server before and not sure how it will work. Will I able to stream from that server HD movies to my HTPC?

If I will have a server, my HTPC doesn't really needs a lot of space, right? Just enough for OS files, XBMC and other applications, if any.
Usually if people build a server for an HTPC, it's strictly for storage...
So they can save space in the HTPC...
If you were going to stream things from your server to your HTPC then to a tv...
Wouldn't it make more sense to stream a movie from the server directly to the TV?
...
__________________

__________________
__________________________________________________ ____________________________
[SIGPIC][/SIGPIC]
orihS ‪‪‪Shiro is offline  
Old 04-04-2010, 10:23 PM   #3 (permalink)
Ultra Techie
 
Kdar's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2005
Posts: 894
Default Re: Building server for HTPC

But HTPC will be connected to a TV by HDMI, right?

And server will stream files to HTPC and to Desktop PC.
Kdar is offline  
Old 04-04-2010, 10:29 PM   #4 (permalink)
Ultra Techie
 
orihS ‪‪‪Shiro's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: NC
Posts: 612
Default Re: Building server for HTPC

Sure, it could do that...
Or you could use it as filestorage for both an HTPC and a Desktop PC...

Again... No point in Streaming from a Server, to a Computer, then to a TV/Monitor.
When you could just connect the "Server" to those same TV's/Monitors.

A server is just another computer.
So basically what you're asking is...
Can I connect a computer to a computer connected to a TV/Monitor to play a movie?
Yes... But it would be simpler... To connect a computer to a TV/Monitor and save yourself the money/hassle...
__________________
__________________________________________________ ____________________________
[SIGPIC][/SIGPIC]
orihS ‪‪‪Shiro is offline  
Old 04-04-2010, 10:55 PM   #5 (permalink)
Ultra Techie
 
Kdar's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2005
Posts: 894
Default Re: Building server for HTPC

mmm how would you stream something directly to TV from Server?


And what do you mean streaming to TV/Monitor? HTPC will be connected directly to it.
Kdar is offline  
Old 04-04-2010, 11:08 PM   #6 (permalink)
Ultra Techie
 
Kdar's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2005
Posts: 894
Default Build me a Cheap Server

I need a server for storing movies.
Can you build me something cheap? maybe low-power.

(had to make another thread, since my first was filled up by some really useless replies).
Kdar is offline  
Old 04-05-2010, 02:23 AM   #7 (permalink)
Monster Techie
 
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: Missouri
Posts: 1,534
Default Re: Build me a Cheap Server

Will it only be for streaming movies? If so, why not just get a external hard drive that supports Media Playback?

Newegg.com - Argosy 1.5TB USB 2.0 / Ethernet Multimedia HD TV Full 1080P Media Player HV335T-0015T - External Hard Drives

Newegg.com - Argosy 500GB USB 2.0 TV HD Home Media Player HV372T-00500 - External Hard Drives
__________________
ASUS M5A99FX Pro R2.0 : AMD FX 9370 : Corsair H100i GTX Cooler : 16GB Corsair Vengeance Blue 1600 (4x4Gb) : XFX 7970 Ghz 3GB x 2 : PNY XLR8 256GB SSD : Seagate 1TB : Antec True Power Quattro 1000W : Thermaltake G41
95BlackGA is offline  
Old 04-05-2010, 08:39 AM   #8 (permalink)
Ultra Techie
 
orihS ‪‪‪Shiro's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: NC
Posts: 612
Default Re: Build me a Cheap Server

Quote:
Originally Posted by 95BlackGA View Post
Great suggestion.
I was thinking something along these lines in the other thread.
__________________
__________________________________________________ ____________________________
[SIGPIC][/SIGPIC]
orihS ‪‪‪Shiro is offline  
Old 04-05-2010, 09:09 PM   #9 (permalink)
Ultra Techie
 
Kdar's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2005
Posts: 894
Default Re: Build me a Cheap Server

I am building HTPC not just for watching movies.

Want to connect to local TV, maybe browse web when needed, play basic old school games.. etc and others. (have an OS there, Linux, which I can use)

And server I want to keep all movies (those which I want to keep), do torrents, maybe like web-server (which I could open from all computers in my house, and would be nice to stream tv-channels from server (if it is possible... I heard before some people connecting TV-Tunner to their server).
Initially it probably will be just for movies, but I probably will also download torrents from there and few other things.
Kdar is offline  
Old 04-06-2010, 02:01 AM   #10 (permalink)
Lord Techie
 
S0ULphIRE's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: Australia
Posts: 8,661
Send a message via MSN to S0ULphIRE
Default Re: Building server for HTPC

The way this usually works is:
You have a TV connected to your HTPC.
Your HTPC is also connected to extra storage (either through the network or via an external hdd). The 'server' you're talking about is just another PC. Heck, your HTPC can also correctly be called a 'media server' or 'file server'.

What orihS is getting at is that you don't NEED to do it that way. You can ALSO forget about the external/network storage and just store everything on the HTPC.

Personally I've got mine setup like the first example, HTPC with external drives attached.
__________________

__________________
"As a result of all this hardship, dirt, thirst, and wombats, you would expect Australians to be a sour lot. Instead, they are genial, jolly, cheerful, and always willing to share a kind word with a stranger, unless they are an American." -- Douglas Adams
S0ULphIRE is offline  
Closed Thread

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Folding at Home Guide! Burn Folding @ Home 116 01-08-2011 02:10 PM
Who's hungry? Burn Folding @ Home 426 04-07-2010 04:50 PM
Building a Home Network Server leonardmp92 Computer Networking and Internet Hardware 5 09-23-2009 08:59 PM
Configure your Ubuntu Server as a DHCP server Osiris Linux Tips and Tricks 0 09-07-2009 01:10 PM
Clonezilla Server. How do I go about this? Jayce Linux and Open Source 1 12-11-2008 03:50 PM



Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 11:29 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.