I have a Synology DS213, which I have recently discovered cannot transcode on the fly. As a results I was thinking about converting an old computer into a server I could access anywhere. I've never done such a thing and I was hoping to get some input.
What I am hoping to build is something that functions as a NAS and as a media center. The old computer has an intel core 2 duo E8500 (3.16 GHz) cpu, 6 GB of ddr2 memory, a Gigabyte GA-EP-15-UD3R motherboard and a PNY GeForce 9400 GT graphics card. I currently have 2x2TB, 1x250GB & 1x750GB harddrives.
I know none of it is amazing, I built it around 5 years ago. But do I have the spec to be able to set up a media center capable of transcoding 1080p movies on the fly? What operating system would you recommend for such a set up? I was also looking at either using MediaPortal, XBMC or Plex. Would there be a worthwhile investment I could make to severly upgrade the system (like $200-$300 towards a new cpu?).
Thanks for any help and advice you guys can offer.