I host all my files on a NAS device. I would like to know if I built an HTPC with a small SSD, will it write a lot on disk? I was under the impression that with enough RAM the disk would only read at boot time.
@DavidSchwartz and @Shinrai - SSDs have a limited number of
Depending on the software it should store the stream in memory. If you don't have enough memory then Windows may use virtual memory which will thrash the disk due the paging in/out of memory.
If you are just going to use this system to stream - then buy a normal hard drive. It will be cheaper, and you shouldn't notice any speed differences. This is of course assuming you are streaming all of your content - which then the bottleneck would be your network infrastructure/NAS not your hard drive.
If you are copying data to be read off the local disk, then a SSD may be faster though I personally never notice any speed issues on my 7200 RPM drives.