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My current system has one Intel® Xeon™ CPU 3.00GHz processor with 2GB of RAM, motherboard details are here, OS is CentOS and is on a 80GB SATA drive whereas my media is stored in RAID on 3X3TB drives that are housed in a 5 bay cage. All this sit in a Dell PowerEdge SC1420 , the raid cage is sitting in the space created after removing the CD-ROM and floppy drive.
I have Plex Media Server installed on this machine and also have a FTP up. The media is accessed by,
My Roku 3, hardwired in to a Netgear WNDR 4500 router.
2 Friend's Roku 2.
Another friend's laptop.
via FTP is accessed by a couple of friends.
The media that I have is mostly downloaded via internet and is in '.mkv' format. I have issues playing some of the files and reason for it is determined to be slower CPU, moving forward I would like to play all my movies in 1080p without any issues.

I have an option of replacing the current processor and adding one more processor to make the rig go faster. This would cost me about $150.

My question is would this power be enough to handle the current and future loads (maybe more frnds accessing plex, I streaming to more devices simultaneously) or is it worth to put in some more money and build a new server rather than sticking to older hardware. The server right now is up 24x7 and that's how it will be in future too so power consumption is also important.

If building a new server is the way to go, what would be your recommendations? If possible I would like to use my raid cage and any the other things that I can use from my current setup.

I am hoping that in the new build I will be able to drop in my OS HDD and RAID drives and it should start working without going thru the pain to freshly install OS and setup RAID.


Thanks for your help in advance,
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Hi happyindian!

Hmmm...your cpu should be plenty enough...my server's running an e7400 and has no problem streaming to 4-5 clients at a time (media streaming quality is set to 'best'). I run whs2011 and from what I understand, your setup should be faster due to faster cpu and leaner os.

Am not sure but the 2g of ram jumps out for me..have you tried increasing to 4 or 8g (I run mine with 8)? If you've got sticks, certainly worth a try before spending $ on an upgrade you might not need.

Just my couple cents. Am sure there are smarter people out here who might have other thoughts.
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
3930k asus rampage iv formula 3x Zotac GTX 680 4GB gskill ddr3 2133 
Hard DriveHard DriveCoolingOS
Samsung 830 2x WD Black custom cpu/vga watercooling win7 
MonitorCase
3x Asus VG278H NZXT Switch 810 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
e7400 asus p5q e 1950 gskill 
Hard DriveOSCase
various windows home server cm stacker 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
various 462,939,775,1155 & 2011 cpus misc+rex, rive, mve various various 
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ide, ssd raid0 water (vga/mobo), ss, cascade misc 
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