I've now spent two years umming and ahhing over the best way to build a home server. I was initially waiting for the next gen of HP's microservers, but they have been in limbo for over a year.
My latest thinking is perhaps to get a current-gen Intel NUC, for both the built-in h.265 support, and TB3. Run the NUC as the heart of the operation, with an external enclosure for storage running over TB3.
Has anyone had any experience with this?
I understand the NUC is an expensive option, but the main features I like about it are it's size, it's low power usage, and it's ability to not get bogged down with filesystem and encoding/decoding type tasks all happening at once (which is an issue I've seen happening with a friend's older AMD-based HP microserver).
I was going to originally have a home server sitting up with the networking rack in a closet, but if it's something like a NUC, I'd probably have it sitting under/behind the main TV and connect to it directly to act as a HTPC, rather than streaming from it via a chromecast.
As far as external drive bays go, I'd probably be looking at something in the ballpark of 4-5 bays, and a handful of 8-10TB drives.