Hello All -
I have a home "server" which is getting a bit old and needs to be replaced soon. One of the biggest drawbacks to it now is that it hosts a lot of media and can't transcode higher def files fast enough. I plan to build the new one myself - not buy prebuilt - as I already own Windows licenses and don't want to pay for a new one plus have a few specific specs I need.
What I need suggestions on are the best solutions / hardware for what I need that won't be crazy expensive.
- Currently, I have 5 SATA drives, 1 SATA DVD drive, and 1 IDE drive. These are all 1tb or 2tb and are full of the rips i made of my movie disc collection (not downloaded!) Combined they are 90% full so need room to grow. Therefore I'd need a mb with at least 6 SATA ports or PCIE ports for expansion cards. Any other storage solution ideas for this are welcome... But the media is accessed frequently.
- CPU capable of better transcoding (mencoder via PS3 media server usually has issue). They are transcoded for play on mobile devices or XBOX. Bad part is think mencoder can only use 1 core under Windows. Currently have Intel 2.7 Dual Core. Would there be big difference between i3, i5, i7 on this?
-OS - Been using Win 7 x64 due to compatibility with some apps. Would different OS improve performance?
Any suggestions for reasonable motherboard or proc? Thanks!