Help Me pick my Path

ShadowFlash

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Without trying to make an essay, I'm VERY cheap, and enjoy the hobby of ebay recycling. The philosophy has kept my home technologically relevant for a couple decades raising a pack of rabid boys. I've recently retired a G34 3-User "gaming" ESXi box to a single station box for my youngest kid. Shortly, I'll be empty nesting and wanted one last cheapskate fun build, this time focused a little differently. I've gathered some deals the past couple months for hardware, so here goes...

Mandatory Platform/Parts Bin (hardware already in-house): DL585 G7 (last of the Opterons)
6x HP IO Accelerators (2x 640GB each card)
Quadro 4000
Quadro K4000
GTX 650 ti Boost
RX 570
Bins of Misc questionably useful doo-dads

Reqs:
focus on single power user
Gaming needs are 1 station + secondary station for MWO, DDO, and Age Of Wonders: Planetfall (all relatively light weight)
Plex Server: 1080 x3 concurrent...no 4K needed

Right now I'm leaning towards>>>
UnRAID, with a cheap P400/600 dedicated to Plex
A basic 1-Socket VM with the K4000
and a dual Socket VM with an M40 slaved to the 4000 for "my" gaming station.

I'm VERY open to fun hobby like suggestions! Any Advice?
 

ShadowFlash

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and I've watched youtube, so now I know everything lol. ProxMox seems "good'r" but I have no idea if I'd be getting in over my head
 

Marsh

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Promox is very popular , specially in STH land.
Patrick use Proxmox to STH site as well as other stuff.

I moved away from ESXi to Proxmox many years ago.

Unraid is also good ,
I have a Unraid box with I5-9500 cpu for trancoding video
Truth, all my clients are direct play, no quicksync is necessary. I5-9500 is for just in case.

If you have a P400 card, then you could go with AMD.

Last month, I picked a ASRock B550 PRO4 board for $45 from Amazon.
Still waiting for a cheap AMD CPU to start the build

Few months back, Amazon had many super cheap Z490 boards ( around $75-$100 ) ,
z490/z590 board has 2.5gbe network, couple of M2 slot.
Find a cheap CPU, It would serve a good base for your home server.
Example . just received a cheap $80 I5-9500 cpu from ebay in the mail tonight.
 

ShadowFlash

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Promox is very popular , specially in STH land.
Patrick use Proxmox to STH site as well as other stuff.

I moved away from ESXi to Proxmox many years ago.

Unraid is also good ,
I have a Unraid box with I5-9500 cpu for trancoding video
Truth, all my clients are direct play, no quicksync is necessary. I5-9500 is for just in case.

If you have a P400 card, then you could go with AMD.

Last month, I picked a ASRock B550 PRO4 board for $45 from Amazon.
Still waiting for a cheap AMD CPU to start the build

Few months back, Amazon had many super cheap Z490 boards ( around $75-$100 ) ,
z490/z590 board has 2.5gbe network, couple of M2 slot.
Find a cheap CPU, It would serve a good base for your home server.
Example . just received a cheap $80 I5-9500 cpu from ebay in the mail tonight.
I'm extremely set on using the DL585 for this project as an all-in-one.