NAS for media storage.
RaspberryPi for streaming off the NAS.
Plug the Pi in the back of the NAS and it boots whenever the NAS powers on.
Add the Yatse Android app for remote control, call notifications, texts on screen and play pausing during calls, and you have a slick media center that is minimal on hardware and noise, but maxed on storage and functionality.
(And if you’re reading CodingHorror, you’re likely not one of the “I can’t set my stuff up!” peeps.)
I am starting to research to build my own HTPC. I want to run Windows 8.1 and XBMC, but I can’t imagine this little box runs it perfectly. Can you confirm it does, with no lag, hesitation, everything running super fast?
I am looking at the Silverstone SG05, but if I could squeeze real power into a box this size, that would be fantastic.
edit: order placed, one vendor on Amazon says they’ll have it in stock in late November. We’ll see… and yes, it is built! Short blog post to come.
Here is a funny comparison of very low end CPUs, including the i3-6100 and the i3-4130 (not the low power T variants, though) paired with a high end video card. In many cases the difference in game perf is tiny.