Ok my current Plex server is also my main PC I use for schoolwork and gaming and it consumes a lot of power since I leave it running 24/7 (current PC is in my signature) so I would like to build a new system just for my Plex server but I do have some requirements.
First criteria ... it has to be able to transcode up to six streams simultaneously. I share my server with up to eight people and on average I only have four connections max but I did have five several times and my current PC never had an issue so I would like a CPU to be able to do up to six (just in case). I am sure I will need to go Intel as it is more energy effecient (my FX-6300 has a TDP of 95w) an I know the Intel Core i5 3570K is similar in performance to my FX-6300 with a TDP of 77w and I was wondering if anyone has any info on how many streams this CPU can transcode at once?
Second, do I need discrete graphics at all with Plex or is it 100% CPU? I would love to just go integrated to save power.
Third, how much RAM would I need for a Plex box? Does RAM even play a factor at all or could I use just 4GB comfortably?
I am planning on building this in a Cooler Master Elite 100 case which will house three 4TB Seagate NAS drives. How big a powersupply should I get for this build? Would a 400w be more than efficient?