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I set up a few VMs and it works fine on my 2600k, having vt-x. Its the vt-d that you need if you want to do pass through stuff.
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A Plex Server is great if you travel alot or have friends or family that would like access to your content.


I only use Plex for Connecting outside my network, everything else is done with KODI and SMB (Windows File Sharing).


My Server Runs on a AMD X4 845 with 8GB of RAM and over 20TB worth of HDD's (6 HDDs and 1SSD).

Running Windows Server 2012 R2


It is my Home Server, hosting all my Media and Misc Files. It is also runs my Bittorrent Client, which I have remote access from any computer and my phone. So I don't need to run Different Clients of a bunch of different machines, just one and done. Also Acts as a Backup Location for my other machines, as well as a Game Server for any game I need (like Minecraft). I can run VM's from it when needed, and VPN into it when needed as well.


It is an important machine in my house.


I also have a Super Micro Dual Core Atom box running PfSense, making for a really nice total package.



My Parents have a Smart TV, so for them to be able to access all my Media Via Plex is really nice for them. It is like my Personal Little Netflix.



The i7 or even the AMD rig would have no problem doing these tasks.


My Old server was using a Core2Quad, and that handled the task without a problem.


Could always run PfSense in a VM, and toss in a Intel NIC card with 2-4 ports. This way you could have your router and server running in the same box.
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