and having separate internal storage (safety) is faster/easer than on another machine.
i seriously question that statement,iammykyl
media content stored on a separate pc / nas storage is going to be just the same as if it was on the main device, streaming isn't going to slow down the actual watching of content, what is most important in my opinion is noise level.
my main pc is the htpc centre/ backend for my whole homes media needs and does all the hard work and holds all the media content,
i use mythtv for the software.
i then stream my media content to other pc's in other rooms and i promise you, you can not tell the content isn't stored on those pc's in any way shape or form.
so my setup is 1 backend and then lots of (2 ) clients in other rooms.
should add there's nothing wrong with your build iammykyl, and was just offering other choices that i think would be cheaper and yet fill his limited needs on what his htpc is required to do.
Edited by terry1966, 20 January 2015 - 08:39 PM.