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Just putting it out there and others may disagree but for starters DITCH plex... It is awesome but it is garbage.

I'd build a custom rig and put an OS that is specifically designed for serving media. Several are out there and all work great. I just asked my friend what he is using on his server and I will let you know when he gets back to me.

If you have to buy new drives then buy 4GB drives. You could fit 4 of them in a small mATX case with no issue. Heck you could probably fit 6 in some mATX cases (without dvd-rom).

I don't know what you would do raid wise. I think JBOD is just as risky as stripping everything but double check that. I guess make your decision on how much you are willing to spend on this thing.

Do some research on the processing power needed but I think an i3 would do. I'd probably recommend holding off for haswell if your buying new. Anything to up your power efficiency.

I will let you know what my friend is using but look into the operating systems design around media serving.
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I personally use XBMC for my HTPC & other networked PCs.

Do a dedicated HTPC for a server. I did mine for like $300.
    
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Sorry to sidecar this thread but what OS would you recommend for media sharing, I myself currently use 2008 r2 with plex and although its good sometimes it can be a little slow with stuff like library updates etc.
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Just putting it out there and others may disagree but for starters DITCH plex... It is awesome but it is garbage.

I'd build a custom rig and put an OS that is specifically designed for serving media. Several are out there and all work great. I just asked my friend what he is using on his server and I will let you know when he gets back to me.

If you have to buy new drives then buy 4GB drives. You could fit 4 of them in a small mATX case with no issue. Heck you could probably fit 6 in some mATX cases (without dvd-rom).

I don't know what you would do raid wise. I think JBOD is just as risky as stripping everything but double check that. I guess make your decision on how much you are willing to spend on this thing.

Do some research on the processing power needed but I think an i3 would do. I'd probably recommend holding off for haswell if your buying new. Anything to up your power efficiency.

I will let you know what my friend is using but look into the operating systems design around media serving.

Ha, why do you say Plex is garbage?
I run Plex and Subsonic, Plex tends to crash a lot, I'm primarily using Subsonic for music streaming, does anyone have an opinion on Subsonic?
    
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For cpu wise a quad core amd or intel would be fine most the apps only use 4 cores at best when transcoding and if it was me id go with 6-8 gigs of ram sence you have to transcode. Plex is fine you can instal linux on your fileserver and run plex on it still or serviio they both have windows and linux apps i like serviio myself i have ran both and prefer it over plex but i use a wdtv live so i dont have to transcode any file cause it supports every file types native even mkv. For hardrives you could go with 4tb ones they run about 180-300 depending what brand and type you want 4 of those would give you 16gigs and would fit in a small case. My own fileserver/media server at my house is a i7 930 in a asus motherboard 6gigs of ram running windows 7 in a mid tower case with like 5 hard drives i use servioo but i also have plex installed to incase serviio acts up.


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Sorry to sidecar this thread but what OS would you recommend for media sharing, I myself currently use 2008 r2 with plex and although its good sometimes it can be a little slow with stuff like library updates etc.
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Originally Posted by andymiller View Post

Sorry to sidecar this thread but what OS would you recommend for media sharing, I myself currently use 2008 r2 with plex and although its good sometimes it can be a little slow with stuff like library updates etc.

Try serviio i have mine set to scan every 1 min for changes and its always updated and no lag i like the layout of it better then plex to it can be customized more and last played and recent added is nice in it i can go back and seen where i left off on a tv series.
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I use a combination of SubSonic (MadSonic, actually), Serviio, and Plex.

SubSonic is primarily used for music, and you can't get any better than SubSonic. Serviio is used for DLNA on my LAN when the device doesn't have a Plex app, and I use Plex with my Android devices and web browser over WAN. I do use SubSonic for video over WAN sometimes, when Plex is being a PoS. I don't really like Plex, but it works when it works.

I have my Sickbeard/CouchPotato tell Plex and Serviio to update when something has changed.

I have all three of these apps (SubSonic, Plex, Serviio) on a Server 2012 VM with 8GB of static RAM and 12 vCPU (host is a Dell C1100 with dual Xeon L5520). Great performance.
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