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Best/cheapest solution for Plex server and storage

Discussion in 'Servers and Enterprise Solutions' started by mushtafa, Jun 16, 2019.

  1. mushtafa

    Wise Guy

    Joined: May 17, 2013

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    Location: West Sussex, UK

    I'm moving next month hopefully, and due to a downsize, I need to lose the PC.

    When the PC does go, I need to find a solution for storage and Plex services.

    I always wanted a Gen8, but the prices have almost doubled in the last year or two.

    Is a Microserver the way to go, or are there cheaper NAS boxes that will work? Will the older Microservers be OK?
     
  2. memyselfandi

    Sgarrista

    Joined: Oct 10, 2005

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    Location: Nottingham

    The number one question, as always with Plex servers, is do you need to transcode?

    If no, you can run Plex on a Raspberry Pi ... if yes then you need more processing power.
     
  3. xb8browney

    Soldato

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    I've just started using a plex server, I went with a refurbished office SFF 6th Gen I5 system for £150 and it works fine for the 2160p rips.
     
  4. mushtafa

    Wise Guy

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    I do need to transcode yes.
     
  5. mushtafa

    Wise Guy

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    What have you done for HDD space?
     
  6. xb8browney

    Soldato

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    I had a 3Tb drive that was in a seagate personal cloud that I took out and put in
     
  7. mushtafa

    Wise Guy

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    Can this be set up so it can be maintained and updated remotely, so no need for keyboard/mouse/monitor etc?
     
  8. xb8browney

    Soldato

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    Yeah with RDC
     
  9. maj

    Wise Guy

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    I run mine on a Ubuntu Server VM which is hosted on my Gen 8 Microserver. If I need the Plex GUI for anything I just browse to its IP address otherwise I just use putty to connect and do any updates etc.
     
  10. Stephanie Peterson

    Hitman

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    You could fit a video card to the microserver if you need to transcoding.. assuming thats how it works.
     
  11. mushtafa

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    Thanks, think I need to do a lot more resource.

    I want something that I can stick in a cupboard and forget about. Low power consumption at idle would also be nice.
    It would only be used for Plex and data backup (pics etc)
     
  12. MrWhippy

    Wise Guy

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    I run my plex server on a hetzner cloud vbox and use Google G Suite Business for data storage. Playback via an rPi client under the tv.
    Small monthly rental outlay, no hardware cost, no electricity, pretty sure Google will make a better job of backing up my data than I will.
     
  13. ginjaninja

    Wise Guy

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    you cant put a transcoding server in the cupboard, anything more than a few watts will need ventilation.
    If your going to host on premise and need transcoding, and want quiet , then you will struggle to beat a byo desktop class solution in a nice big case with 140mm fans for silent running (if comfortable with BYO).
    this design is best suited if you can backup to another storage/offsite, then you may not need raid in desktop class device with all its technical complexity - if you can stomach some downtime in the event of a catastrophic failure.

    NAS solutions are expensive, noiser (small fans), less powerful for transcoding so only suited if not happy to BYO but are better suited if you need a raided solution.

    If you need to transcode more than 2 streams concurrently then look into how many transoding streams the plex/gpu combination can support. may need a beefier cpu/multiple gpus...at the lower end (numbers of streams and resolution) an intel cpu alone with quicksync (without discrete gpu) will suffice.
     
    Last edited: Jul 30, 2019
  14. Avalon

    Mobster

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    As this has received a bump despite being weeks old, allow me to second the Hetzner option. Silent/low power: VPS + GDrive + Plex client of choice. I’ll include a shameless plug for PGBlitz (formerly Plexguide). It’ll cost you a few quid each month, probably not much more than powering a Gen8 + drives, but you get unlimited storage and vastly quicker connectivity and lower up-front costs.

    If you want local, a cheap ITX intel setup with iGPU will be small/quiet, i’d still use GDrive though, as long as you don’t have awful connectivity it’s a no brainier.