Some of the other forums are circa 2011 2014 and so i post this new question.
i want to primarily build a htpc or server to run plex or xbmc. i have a few movies etc and i'd like the metadata function and maybe there's more with a "htpc" that i could use but primarily i want the xbmc/plex metadata. i have a tivo but open to what i could do.
i dont have a spare laptop and i dont want to boot up a laptop each time so i want to leave it on permanently somewhere discrete.
I have a green fields opportunity.
i have primarily narrowed it down to possibly a intel nuc or a gigabyte brix. The 6th generation intel chips are just hitting the market. The 6th gen Brix are on amazon.
Along with plex/xbmc i probably want to run a permanent torrent client again to not have to boot up a laptop.
i'm not entirely sure of the situations that i would get into transcoding and so i know thats a consideration . mostly i would be playing to the tvs as we dont watch movies etc on tablets/phones hardly ever.
i also want to future proof with 4k capability. i have mpeg4 movies that for some reason my Samsung tv series H wont play and hence i hope.plex/xbmc will sort that.
i am guessing the plex server and the plex client on the samsung tv will sort out the mpeg4 that the Samsung will not play natively?
1. whats peoples opinions pros and cons with intel nuc vs gigabyte brix? the latest brix look attractive nice metal box..good features
2. is a intel 6th gen i5 processor good enough for transcoding 2 streams 1080p and/or 4k for my uses above and future proof?
3. the intel nuc have an IR remote capability how important is this?
presume brix have BT remote capability?
4. i was settling around 6th gen i5 cpu , 120gb ssd for os, 4gb RAM???
Any thoughts gratefully accepted.
Looks like i am up for >$700 which is a bit more than i'd hoped.