Looking for advice about how to properly start and invest in a Plex Server
I discovered Plex pretty recently and I really want to dive deep into it - it feels like the future of my media storage. Currently I have my almost 2TB library of films/TV on an external hard drive that's about to die, so I'm in the market for a new storage system anyway and I just found Plex. Now instead of rushing out and just replacing my hard drive, I want to spend a little more and buy something that I can use to access Plex anytime, anywhere. At the moment I'm doing this through my laptop, obviously not the ideal solution, but I keep getting stuck trying to figure out if I should buy a NAS box (and which one), if I should buy a Mac Mini or any of the hundred other suggestions out there.
I'm reasonably sure I'm up to speed on the whole transcoding issue when it comes to buying a server, but seeing as how I can't spend anywhere near $1000, I've made my peace with maybe having to re-format a lot of my media manually. Luckily, I don't predict the machine will be working too hard as I can't imagine anybody but me will be using it.
Basically, what's relatively easy and relatively cheap?
All opinions appreciated and welcome.