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So I have 8-10 external hard drives that are filled with movies and music varying from 100GB to 3TB and USB 2 and USB 3. However with recent streaming services, these hard drives have seen very little use and is just collecting dust. I was thinking about popping them all open and putting the drives in a rig and making a cheap plex server out of it. I have a brand new 4TB drive that I might be able to pop open and transfer some of the smaller drives over so it's less number of drives.

I did a quick search and lots of people were using old parts. And what is the difficulty of setting up a plex server? Any help is appreciated.

I don't think I need any transcoding, just streaming what I have to my other computers and maybe phones, but mostly computers.

What specs are recommended?
intel i5??
do i need a gpu? if so how "good"?
how much ram?
itx or atx mobo?

I was thinking a case that could fit at least 5 hdds, I might also put FreeNAS on it

Do plex servers get hot? do i need better cooling or a simple hyper 212+ would work?
   
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
core 2 duo P8700@2.53GHz 2242CTO Intel X4500MHD 4gb 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
fujitsu 320gb dvd rom cd/rw Windows 7 Professional x64 15.4" 
PowerCaseMouse
Panasonic 6-cell + 65W AC adapter lenovo t500 Logitech MX518 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel i5 760 evga p55 sli MSI gtx460 Hawk corsair dominator 
Hard DriveCoolingOSMonitor
kingston ssdnow hyper 212+ windows 7 professional sam syncmaster 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Acer Razer Blackwidow ocz 650W coolermaster elite 335 
Mouse
Logitech MX518 
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