What's the best way to utilize this busted up macbook (and other bits and pieces from the house) as a media hub/server?
My old faithful 2008-ish white macbook finally reached the point of retirement for daily use. The screen is going out (uhg, again) and the superdrive doesn't work, but everything else works just fine (video card is fine, as when plugged into another screen. the machine works great). Currently we have snow-leopard installed on it, and it has a 750g hard drive living inside.
I'd would like to use this little machine as long as possible, and repurpose it as a media server-ish/pipeline for our living room.
Things we would like to accomplish, in order of importance
-Netflix and Amazon streaming
-DVD viewing (and possibly storing ripped copies of movies we own)
-Wii gaming (which we still do occasionally)
-Itunes streaming/housing audio library
Things we have in the current setup:
-Optima 66 HD Projector
-a Wii (which currently acts as our netflix hub, and occasionally we dust off and play games on).
-a vintage harmon kardon receiver in great shape that everything is piped through for sound.
-a 2nd gen ipod touch runs directly into the stereo aux port for music playing
Other technology in the house that could be used for the setup
-1st gen ipod touch with a broken audio out line (remote maybe? I'm willing to jailbreak this)
-1st gen ipad that mostly is used by the child
-2 iphone 4S's live in the house
-a new-to-us refurbished june 2012 13" macbook pro (with working superdrive!)
-another 2008-ish white macbook that had a pint of coffee spilled on it, that could
be canibalized for parts if we needed
Assume any reasonably priced software, cords, cables or other peripherals would be purchased for the setup (with a max budget of like $80 bucks, but less is better).
I've seen a couple tutorials online on how to accomplish this, but we have such a mish-mash of technology that's half busted and older-gen stuff, that we're trying to utilize, the tutorials don't seem all that applicable or we have key pieces missing. The different options for software to run pretty far and wide too, so i'm pretty confused by all that. Our desire is to have something fairly unified in appearance and use...Ideally, we'd love to stream everything through something like the Wii, but it doesn't do DVD's, and only pipes in hulu-plus., which we're not willing to pay for.
How should we go about unifying all these different media streams into one pipeline, using this old busted up macbook? I'm having trouble mapping it all out.