I'm in my trial and currently running the Channels DVR server on my Shield with a 2tb external drive attached. It's been working great with no issues and I'm very happy with it. I do however have a older Dell Optiplex that I was thinking about dedicating for use as a headless Channels and Plex server. It has an i5-3470 with 8 gigs of ram and 4tb of storage. Just wondering between the two which will give the best performance as far as speed for commercial detection and transcoding out of home and such? Basically a which would you do question.
Also a secondary question. If I stick with the Shield would it make a difference either way performance wise between recording to my attached usb drive vs recording to a network drive (WD My Cloud)? Like I said, everything is working great but I've got the stuff lying around so if I can make it better (even if it's not noticeable) I might as well. Thank you in advance for any thoughts and opinions!