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Storage for movies and TV shows?

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Posted · Original PosterOP

I'm not really into the NAS and Server stuff so bear with me:

 

I have a lot of shows I like to watch, but if they become unavailable on netflix or a streaming service I'm kinda SOL. I have lots of disc TV shows or movies I'd like to easily access without having to put the discs in.

I want to build a system with some spare parts I have to hold a bunch of these shows and easily watch them on my TV.

 

Whats the best way to go about this?

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Build a random PC, put Plex Media Server on it, rip the disc's to the hard drive and stream on. 

 

What parts do you have around? 


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250gb 970 Evo - 2x500gb 860 Evo (Raid0) - 6x4TB WD Red (RaidZ2)

 

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Posted · Original PosterOP
5 hours ago, FloRolf said:

Build a random PC, put Plex Media Server on it, rip the disc's to the hard drive and stream on. 

 

What parts do you have around? 

I have an R3 1200, and an i7 3770, then a few low end graphics cards like a GTX 745 and a 750

 

I have well over 16GB of memory for the 3770, don't have any ddr4 for the 1200.

 

I don't have an SSD and intend on getting one for that type of project, but also have a 1tb WD blue, would that be sufficient?

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1 hour ago, Yellow_ said:

I have an R3 1200, and an i7 3770, then a few low end graphics cards like a GTX 745 and a 750

 

I have well over 16GB of memory for the 3770, don't have any ddr4 for the 1200.

 

I don't have an SSD and intend on getting one for that type of project, but also have a 1tb WD blue, would that be sufficient?

SSD is pretty pointless for that. 1TB is enough if you don't have too much data. 

Example, one Bluray is like 40gb without using Handbrake or something. 

 

The Ryzen and the i7 are pretty equal, i7 is a little faster tho. 


Gaming HTPC:

R7 1700X@stock - Cryorig C7 - Asus ROG B350-i - Asus GTX 1080 Strix - 16gb G.Skill Ripjaws V 3333mhz - Silverstone SX500-LG - 500gb 960 EVO - Fractal Design Node 202 - Samsung 60KS7090 - Logitech G502 - Thrustmaster T500RS - Noblechairs Icon


Desktop PC:
i7 2600k @stock - H100i GTX - Asus P8Z77-i Deluxe - Asus GTX 1050Ti Strix - 16gb HyperX Fury 1866mhz - EVGA 750G2 - 250gb 840 EVO - 6TB WD My Book Duo (Reds) - Enthoo Evolv ITX - Dell U3415W - Benq XL2411T - Qpad MK-85 Brown - Logitech MX518 - Blue Yeti Platinum - Noblechairs Icon 


Boss-NAS [Build Log]:
R5 2400G - Noctua NH-D14 - Asus Prime X370-Pro - 16gb G.Skill Aegis 3000mhz - Seasonic Focus Platinum 550W - Fractal Design R5* - 
250gb 970 Evo - 2x500gb 860 Evo (Raid0) - 6x4TB WD Red (RaidZ2)

 

Audio Gear:

Hifiman HE-400i - Kennerton Magister - Beyerdynamic DT880 250Ohm - AKG K7XX - Fostex TH-X00 - O2 Amp/DAC Combo - 
Klipsch RP280F - Klipsch RP160M - Klipsch RP440C - Yamaha RX-V479

 

Reviews and Stuff:

GTX 780 DCU2 // 8600GTS // Hifiman HE-400i // Kennerton Magister
Folding all the Proteins! // Boincerino

Useful Links:
Do you need an AMP/DAC? // Recommended Audio Gear // PSU Tier List 

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Posted · Original PosterOP
3 minutes ago, FloRolf said:

SSD is pretty pointless for that. 1TB is enough if you don't have too much data. 

Example, one Bluray is like 40gb without using Handbrake or something. 

 

The Ryzen and the i7 are pretty equal, i7 is a little faster tho. 

Ah okay good to know! 

I intend to possibly use the system to game on as well possibly so I might stick with the SSD to keep windows on.

Most of the shows are 720p or lower and don't really intend on keeping a huge amount of shows/movies on it so that should be alright then.

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I have 702 DVDs (including a few BDs) that I ripped to .ISO files and stored on a couple of 4TB drives in my now deceased desktop rig (I still have the drives, though, which will go into the new desktop rig once I finish it). Each of those drives have a set of four backup drives; two of each set are kept onsite and the other two are kept offsite (my credit union safe deposit box; I already had the box so why not use it?). I went with .ISO files so I could play them on a virtual ODD just like the original disc. It allows easy access to special features (ripping was also easier).

 

Since DVD and BD boxes take up so much room (it's taken longer than most of you have been alive to accumulate so many), the DVDs and BDs themselves are stored in CD/DVD cases that have 150 dual-sided hanging sleeves, allowing me to store up to 300 discs in each case. I removed and scanned the liner notes of each disc (and scanned a picture of the label side of the disc) which are kept together in a PDF inside the folder each disc is in on the computer. After scanning and backing up the resulting PDFs, I destroyed the liner notes and tossed the individual boxes. I'm hanging onto the discs themselves for now for various reasons but I'll eventually destroy them.

 

I did not go with a separate NAS since that's just another piece of hardware I would have to keep up with and find room for. A couple of drives in the computer take up far less space and are easier to backup (yes, even a NAS has to be backed up!). I have two 4TB video drives since I've abandoned HDDs in favor of SSDs. I do not recommend using SSDs for most people for such massive amounts of storage due to their high cost. HDDs come in much larger sizes and would be much more cost effective for most people.

 

I've been using VLC Player to play them since I can continue to use VLC once I move to Linux. I haven't found a skin for Linux that makes finding movies easy (or even possible) when viewing a 43" TV screen from 10' away so I've been experimenting with using a menu list based on a Libre Office Calc spreadsheet. It's a little short on looks but it works quite well. Plex has a much better interface (and also has Windows and Linux versions) but it doesn't have the capability to compress audio dynamic range or normalize volume like VLC does.


Jeannie

 

As long as anyone is oppressed, no one will be safe and free.

One has to be proactive, not reactive, to ensure the safety of one's data so backup your data! And RAID is NOT a backup!

 

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If you want something simple to share files over DLNA, a NAS box may be a good idea. Bit more expensive initially than using your existing parts, but cheaper to run in the long term (a NAS unit generally has a much lower power draw than a desktop tower). They can also provide some other neat features through apps they can run. 

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Go buy a 10TB WD Easystore drive from Best Buy (which is a WD Red drive, probably white labelled) and either use that as an external media storage drive or shuck it and install it in your box. Plex Media Server is a great way to go for streaming to anything in your house. I have an old Dell Inspiron 570 with a 500G drive for the OS and a 10TB drive to store the some 600 discs worth of media I own, mounted in the box. I bought a second matching 10TB drive that has a current backup of the media drive and it is unplugged and stored away for safe keeping.

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To give you an idea of storage requirements I have 300 movies to date 90% are 1080p and that equals almost 1TB of storage I built an unRAID server from an i7 6700 pre-built which is rock solid at 28TB of raw storage and the os was the cheapest part of the build so don't shy away over the cost of unRAID as it is much more than just a storage device


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