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General OpenPOWER Hardware => General Hardware Discussion => Topic started by: ullbeking on April 23, 2020, 06:20:48 am

Title: Build specs for a quiet NAS/file server for serving A/V multimedia to an HTPC
Post by: ullbeking on April 23, 2020, 06:20:48 am
Hi all  8) 8) 8)

I'm currently still working on and with my Talos II.  When it's in tip top shape I will invest in a BlackBird with an 8-core POWER9v2 (this will find its way into the setup I have below :-)


I am building a NAS and HTPC, and currently conentrating on the NAS.  It will hold multimedia for my HTPC, it needs to be very quiet -- or, if miraculously it can be made be silent -- I will be thrilled to bits and then I'll jump over the moon!!

The NAS ideally would be made from a Talos or BlackBird but this isn't feasible yet.  So I'm looking at Intel based solutions, so that I can more forward without having to wade deep into the reeds.

Ideal specifications:

At present, my NAS's main characteristics:

The ideas are:

How does this look for the beginning specs of a quiet, living room, multimedia file server for our family HTPC?

HTPC machine: First iteration has been shelved.

My first idea was to use one node from my 5-node Orange Pi +2E cluster, which is our silent, beautiful, and powerful enough hiome server for our family's needs.  (Website, photos for family, etc.)  I wondered whether an Allwinner H3, H5, H6, A20, A64, etc, could gracefully function as an HTPC.  The developers in the #linux-sunxi and #H3Droid channels discussed a few details with me, including the fact that open source and libre user space video libraries and the video hardware software interface have been developed and even merged to the appropriate places upstream!  I was gently nudged in an easier direction.  I got an implication that getting the FLOSS solution for video working is going to drag me into having to put even more pots on the boil, and right now I juat need to focus on getting these working.

Any ideas and I would be very appreciative!!  Thank you!
Title: Re: Build specs for a quiet NAS/file server for serving A/V multimedia to an HTPC
Post by: MPC7500 on April 25, 2020, 11:51:12 am
Is there a reason why you chose this mainboard and CPU? Do you already own them?
What is the HTPC for? Should it only contacted to the NAS (playing media)?

If this is the case, why not just buy a NAS? Such as a DiskStation DS1817 (https://www.synology.com/en-global/products/DS1817).

What kind of display you have in mind? Maybe you don't even need a HTPC.