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I'm looking for a server grade server for storage and to act as a plex media server. I dont really want to deal with building one (though I have several builds under my belt) and would rather buy tried and true server hardware that is built to work together. That being said I am close to pressing the button on an SGI Server on ebay. SGI is a very reputable brand will fit in my 20" rack, and this one has the HDD bays and raid controller (though I will probably run unraid or flexraid).

My problem is that I would like to use it as a plex server and transcode (1) 1080p stream or (2) 720p streams. I dont believe that will be an issue but I am not familiar with the characteristic of the older 2Ghz Opterons. There are two of them so I assume that even if it maxes out one I should still be able to continue downloading/operating as DNS server / etc.


That being said, opinions are welcome.
 
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At this price it can't really be beat, you would hardly get the case. I have been scanning for servers on ebay in europe for years but I just wouldnt buy one as even though it is "true" server hardware it will come with many years of use and I would trust a new consumer board with a decent power supply more.

Other than reliability thoughts even 2x dual core 940 2ghz opteron will not be that fast, on the fly transcoding can use quite some cpu. Depending on the quality, format and if you want to stream to several devices it might not be enough. Not sure about plex but twonky lets you transcode your videos archive before or after you click the flie if you have enough hdd space.

I would take it as a bit of a gamble where you can only lose 200 bucks
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its a nice price, i would go for it and start buying some decent drives it will make an awesome media and storage server.. i also think the Opterons will be fine for what you want to do.. i would jump on it thumb.gif
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its a nice price, i would go for it and start buying some decent drives it will make an awesome media and storage server.. i also think the Opterons will be fine for what you want to do.. i would jump on it thumb.gif

This is what I was thinking . . .worst case scenario it will still be a 12 bay hotswap storage server. as you pointed out it is hard to find a rack mountable case for that much let alone hotswap/powersupply/hardware.
 
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@OP

I have to agree with the thread - go for it! biggrin.gif Just make sure that what you intend to run has support for the RAID controller. Don't forget, UnRAID is basically a Linux distribution in its own right.
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yeah, I was thinking about running unraid as a Virtual machine, and possibly raid 1'ing the parity drive before Unraid sees it which should be good in the event the parity takes a dive in rebuilding. . . we"ll see where finances take me.
 
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