So, I have a Norco case with a cheapy mobo and processor. I've got 16 drives in it, so I'm making good use of the 24 bays.
I ran across a Dell PowerEdge R710 server with 2x Xeon 5660 CPUs and 64GB of Ram for a reasonable price. I don't even care about the 6x 2TB drives.
My question is two fold.
1) Would the Dell PowerEdge be a good Emby server?
2) Is there a way to connect the drives in my Norco to the PowerEdge so the Norco is essentially just a big box of drives? I'd rather not connect via Ethernet as I believe it would lose a lot of efficiency trying to stream/re-encode from a network drive.