Advice on Media/Plex Server

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  1. ajamils

    ajamils New Member

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    I've had a HTPC (i5, 16gb RAM) and the mobo finally died so I'm trying to put together a media server that can server dual purpose as Plex/Kodi media server and also a repo for my music and pictures.

    Here are my requirements
    - Powerful enough to be able to transcode 4K mkvs
    - Download/index new media
    - Serve content to connected devices around the house
    - Backup my files from desktop
    - Budget < $500 (not including the drives)
    - FreeNas or UnRaid (not sure about this one yet)

    I am looking at LGA 2011-V3 processors but not sure which one would be good. Similarly SuperMicro boards seem to be going for good prices but having never built a server before not sure about the specs. As for the case, I and looking at Rosewill 4u server chassis or similarly spec tower case (so that i can fit it in smaller space)
     
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    IamSpartacus Well-Known Member

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    When you say needs to be able to transcode 4K mkvs, how many at a time are we talking?
     
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  3. ajamils

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    Two at max. Most of the time, I should be able to do Direct play via Shield/Xbone X.
     
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    IamSpartacus Well-Known Member

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    IamSpartacus Well-Known Member

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    I just reread your post and saw you're looking at the LGA 2011-v3 platform. My first thought is it's going to be extremely hard if not impossible to find an E5 v3 + motherboard and RAM for $500. You're probably looking at close to $1000+ for that platform.

    If $500 is really your budget you're going to need to drastically change the CPU/MoBo requirements.
     
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    LGA 2011-V3 was just something that I was looking at but I'm open to suggestions .

    I am evening thinking about just putting together a Rizen rig to revive my HTPC and attaching a drobo (which I already own) for extra space instead of building a server.
     
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    I think a build based off a Xeon E3 would be a good option for you. A Xeon E3 + motherboard would run you about $450-$500. unRAID is a great option for a Plex/media storage server, I'd personally go that way. I have two unRAID servers and they are great.

    But then again, I just built a pretty badass Ryzen rig myself so...

    https://forums.servethehome.com/ind...nimalist-sma8-a-wcd-threadripper-build.18613/
     
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    Would an e3 even be able to transcode one 4k stream fully?

    Or Are you planning on adding a dedicated gpu for that task?
     
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    E3-1275v6 is able to transcode 1 4k stream fine. I've not tried more. However GPU transcoding is the way to go. An old 980ti handles transcoding like a champ for me.
     
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    Doesnt that cpu run you in quite a Big amount of $ though?

    Im wondering What model Quadro card one would need to handle 4 4k transcodes.. Got any ideas?
     
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    Hit send too quickly.

    I have very less 4k content and rarely have more than one remote stream playing. Local streams are all direct play. Some of the low end Quadro cards support only 2 transcodes like the GeForce cards. The link has the details.

    TheE3-1240v5 is also able to support one 4k stream. I've not tried more. I mentioned the 1275 first because that's What's in my main media server. With e3, definitely go for one with the igpu. Makes a big difference in transcoding speeds. I know cpu transcoding yields a better picture quality but for me, the difference is not noticeable as I'm usually on a crappy network when I'm remote and sometimes even have to transcode to 480p.
     
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    Yeah. Iv stumbled onto that matrix before.. just not onto anything that Can tell me what i actually need to achieve what number of streams :/
     
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    I found that it's not really worth investing in the hardware to transcode 4K. I'd rather invest in capacity and create optimized (pre-transcoded) versions of my 4K content so that those can direct play. This lets me use a puny X5670 in my server and still support all of my Plex endpoints.
     
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