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This is only the second computer I've built but was very happy with the results. I wanted a GTX 1080 for a video card but the prices had gone to high. The CPU is currently overclocked to 4.9 and runs warm but smooth. The two 4TB and two 6TB drives are from my previous server. They are the only parts I reused. It has 36TB of storage for Movies and TV shows all cataloged and streamed with Plex HTPC software.

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  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

That is a lot of firepower for a Plex Server. Great build nonetheless.

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

I am assuming it is also his home theater gaming pc, but yeah, that is a pretty ballin system none the less.

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

Right now the only games I play are Battletech and World of Tanks. But your right I tried to build it so I would have a decent GPU in case I decided to buy a game that needs one.

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks.

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

Zikes, that is a lot of storage!

  • 25 months ago
  • 2 points

I got rid of cable tv years ago. I currently have 2000 movies and 13000 tv show episodes. A single HD movie can be anywhere from 2-60 GB. With Plex I can stream them to my computer, my phone, my daughter's tablet and my mom's Roku across town.

  • 24 months ago
  • 1 point

Good build. I came here for the sole purpose of researching how I want to build my own Plex server. I currently use my gaming PC for Plex purposes but I'd prefer to have a dedicated server for that job. So let me pick your brain a bit.

I currently share my library with around 50 people. I'm assuming if I'm looking to save money that I don't need a standalone GPU. Also what did you look for in a CPU? What was your main focus on when building this?

  • 23 months ago
  • 2 points

So there is a guideline on PassMark CPU score to the ability to transcode with Plex. That said, it really depends on: - Source Material Quality - Number of concurrent streams expected - CPU power

There is a guideline setup by Plex which you can find here: https://support.plex.tv/articles/201774043-what-kind-of-cpu-do-i-need-for-my-server/

I built a PMS based on a Ryzen 7 1800x and have my media sitting on a NAS. My goal was to be able to serve ~ 8 concurrent 1080p transcoded streams.

With all this in mind, there is one more thing to consider: If you bought the PlexPass you are eligable to use hardware transcoding, where the CPU can offload transcoding onto a graphics card. There are a few constraints with this though: - Works (as far as I know) only with Intel Quick-Sync - Works with NVidia GPUs (but max. 2 streams for whatever reason) - Last time I checked it was a beta-feature.

Hth, Impacter Ryke

  • 20 months ago
  • 1 point

It depends on how many files your server will be transcoding at once. If you go into Plex transcoder settings, you will see an option to "Use hardware acceleration when available". If you have a GPU it will increase the number of transcoded videos you can stream to your users. [STAFF REMOVED]

When looking for a CPU I bought the best CPU I could afford. https://www.cpubenchmark.net/cpu_list.php

Sorry for the late reply.

  • 20 months ago
  • 1 point

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  • 25 months ago
  • 0 points

You'll get better cpu temps if you flip the dh15 so its shooting towards the exhaust. Haven't seen anyone use it how you are right now lol

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

The front of the case has two fans pulling air in and the rear fan also pulls air in. There are two fans pulling air out in the top of the case. I tried putting the fans like you mentioned, but the fans stick out far enough to interfere with the RAM slots.

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

I see what you're saying, I see a lot of folks slide the dh15 fans up so that there is adequate clearence for the ram. Im only trying to help you, 8700k's run hot!

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