I actually decided to do it proper and build a standalone system for my htpc only.I'm doing it with an i3 3200, 4GB RAM and an MB provided RAID-5 of 4 disks.
The software is Windows 7 + MediaPortal.
Yes, it's doable.
That's a huge waste of components... unless you are going to be ripping DVDs or something. Standard streaming is hardly taxing on the CPU. Have you bought this stuff yet, or is that your shopping list?
I would take the Reds over the Greens myself... in fact, I have.
FWIW... W7/WMC/MediaBrowser is the way I went, it works pretty well for what I want it to do. I know a lot of folks swear by XMBC, I never saw any advantage over it based on my use. That isn't saying it isn't a good frontend.
I'm pretty sure I used Media Center Master back with XBMC, and it scraped TV shows without any problems. I had mine setup like the following...I cannot find a good guide for use with TV shows though which is a pita. Media Center Master does not play nice with my TV shows unfortunately.
Just saw this post lol and I figured it out beforehand too after lot of testing :$I'm pretty sure I used Media Center Master back with XBMC, and it scraped TV shows without any problems. I had mine setup like the following...
TV Show\Season #\TV Show - S#E#.ext
The actual filename can use dashes, periods or whatever to separate it. They scrapers are usually based on scene conventions.
What you want is called Drive Pooling.I like the aspect of raid 0 that it makes all 3 hds show as 1, is there a way to trick windows to do that anyway?
Thanks for all your advice I appreciate it!