Description

This build is to upgrade my PLEX Media Server (PMS) from my macmini to something capable of multi-streaming, support on-the-fly transcoding of my OTA quad-tuner, and be able to rip any new movies to my library simultaneously. The build will reside in a dedicated media closet adjacent to the primary TV, so form factor wasn't (initially) a concern. However, this build has transformed several times over the course of a month. I originally planned to use a mid-tower and a Full-Size or ATX board with a multi-HDD array, but as time went on, I realized it would have been far more than i want or need. For this build, I planned to stay under the $1k USD (on new purchases) from the beginning and shopped around to get there. You may notice, I have several items marked as $0.00, that would otherwise cost another couple hundred dollars, like Windows and Microsoft Office, etc. So here goes...

Power Supply Notes: After building a couple theoretical Ryzen 7 setups through PCPartPicker, I found that my power consumption would be very low as I didn't plan to run a high-power Graphics Card. I stumbled across a brand new last year's model Corsair Gold 550W Semi-Modular PSU for $61.

Case Notes: I liked the "SG13B" ITX Case because it can fit a full-size power supply (which I already had). After a quick search online to see what a finished build looks like in an SG13, I was hooked. It's well under $50, fits a nearly full-size GPU (up to 10.5” long Graphics card if installing a 3.5” drive) and its small enough that I can tell my wife it’s a NAS without too many questions.

Motherboard: My local big-box (with a "Micro" name) had a huge pile of Motherboards on sale/clearance/open-box and with my eye on an 8-core Ryzen CPU, I found the 1800X (checked its passmark score) and got a $30 discount on an already marked down Motherboard. SOLD!

Drives: I wanted to take advantage of the M.2 slot for quick boot times and fast transcoding, so I picked up an Inland Pro 256GB M.2 NVMe (PCIe x2) SSD for much less than some name brands. It comes with a warranty and I'll be backing everything up to my NAS so I'm not worried about longevity right now. That paired with a shucked WD White Label 8TB drive and I'm set.

UPDATE: I'm finding that the read/write speeds of the 8TB drive are a larger bottleneck in my day-to-day usage then i had expected. Since it's still cost prohibitive to use SSDs for my local library, I'm considering shucking two 4-5TB portable 2.5" HDDs and run them in RAID 0 (striped). I'll post my findings once I've solved the issue for my rig.

Comments

  • 12 months ago
  • 2 points

This a sweet rig and i want one

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks. When it comes to transcoding, I keep all of my movies as raw MKV files, and this thing never hesitates. It feels like a near instant start regardless of the number of other people streaming in the house. Overall, I'm really happy with the build.

  • 12 months ago
  • 2 points

Its a sweet system

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

is there any thermal problems using the l9a on a 95W cpu (1800x)

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

I haven't had any issues with the Noctua L9A on the Ryzen 1800X. Keep in mind, this is not a gaming machine and I haven't pushed it to 100% as it's just a Plex Server. Also, I just changed out the case to a CoolerMaster Elite 130 to fit another 3.5" HDD or two, so thermals are even lower now.

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

What OS are you running for your PMS if you don't mind me asking

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

I’m running Windows 10 Pro. I know there may be better options out there, but this is also my personal workshop computer for whatever project I’m working on at the time. This Christmas, it doubled as a HDD to SSD cloner/imaging machine for my family’s PCs.