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What's up guys, I'm looking to build a home server for my store my movies,music,picture mainly for now it needs to be low consumption because I will be running 24/7 80% of the time. I'll mainly use plex media server to stream my movies and music throughout my house please any suggestion will be gladly appreciated, also the cheaper the better please than.
post #2 of 18
You could use an ARM based Synology device if you don't have to transcode.
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You can pretty much use any cheap parts you can find for a low power home file server, the only thing that'll really get you is hard drives depending on how much space you need -or- want. They can get quite expensive fast, especially if you want to RAID, which would be suggested imo as to not loose any files.
post #4 of 18
Raspberry Pi + USB HDD will be the cheapest set up and with the lowest power draw that you could build. But you'd have zero disk redundancy and pretty lousy throughput (it would be enough for one HD video stream - but only just).
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And what about budget ? How much HDD space do you need ?
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post #6 of 18
I've been running Plex since last year, and you can put together a basic home server relatively cheaply. There are a few primary considerations to take in:

1. Get a decent quality 80 Plus Bronze PSU at a minimum. I went a little further with a 80 Plus Gold rated PSU, simply because this thing runs 24x7 and power savings through improved efficiency were important to me. The better PSU also usually have higher quality fans and run them at lower speeds when the PSU is lightly loaded.

2. Unless you're running a LOT of streams, an i3 or i5 processor would be more than enough. The AMD equivalent would be fine too. I did have some issues with my previous media server not being able to keep up with real-time HD transcoding, it was an old Athlon XP 2500+. I ended up rebuilding the server as an i7-3770K with 8GB of RAM and I can run 3 HD streams at 15-20% CPU utilization.

3. Get some quality HDD, and establish a good backup plan. Losing a couple terabytes of ripped DVD/Blu-Ray movies would be a real drag.

Generally speaking, you can slap just about anything together these days and end up with a reliable Ubuntu Linux-based Plex media server. Just keep an eye on the CPU utilization if you start transcoding a lot of crap.

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I do my transcoding in a virtual machine on a cheap AMD (Phenom(tm) II X3 720 Processor (2812.55-MHz K8-class CPU)) and that copes fine. It's can't do "uber" HD, but then you wouldn't really want to transcode that anyway as you're only going to destroy some of the quality in the process - so they're straight SMB / NFS shares
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I honestly havent put anything together yet guys im still trying to figure out which cpu to go with then build from there I dont really want something too expensive
I will be streaming everything through my android tv mk808 to a 65" vizio led 1080p 240hz. I dont kno if I want somethung as high as an i3 maybe cheaper.
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I used a pentium g620 and when streaming to my android tablet it would drive the cpu utilization to 88%. I then switch to a Xeon E3-1245 V2 which is abou the same as a I7 3770 non K for a little cheaper and it hyperthreads. It runs a 12% utilization now.
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I used a pentium g620 and when streaming to my android tablet it would drive the cpu utilization to 88%. I then switch to a Xeon E3-1245 V2 which is abou the same as a I7 3770 non K for a little cheaper and it hyperthreads. It runs a 12% utilization now.
Of course it would be, it's 4X the amount of threads. But it's strange that your cpu utilization would run up that high, streaming a 3mbps 1080p video from my cheap e5700 htpc would use at most 10% cpu ... 88%? Wow.
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