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Low Power Consumption Plex Build But Able To Transcode Up To 6 Streams At Once?


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#1 GameGuru

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Posted 06 August 2016 - 10:47 AM

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?

 

 

 
 

 


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Posted 06 August 2016 - 11:24 AM

Oh and should I go Windows 10 or the lastest version of Ubuntu?


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Posted 14 August 2016 - 11:17 PM

If you remote in to your plex server, you will not need discrete graphics. Otherwise yes.
I don't know a lot about plex.
For that build, I would recommend probably a 500w psu.
Definitely use ubuntu. It will be more efficient and in 3 years won't ask you to upgrade to windows 11. :)

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