Server Hardware Options/Questions
Until now, I've been running Plex Media Server on my windows desktop to stream media to 1 Roku, 1 iPad, and 2 Android tablets. The HDD that I had been using to store my media is filling up quickly. My desktop does not have another connection for an additional HDD, so I'm thinking about setting up an always-on media server (via PMS), download box (via Sickbeard, etc), and print/file server (maybe more if I get ambitious).
Unfortunately, I only have some really old towers lying around with single core processors that I don't think will have the juice needed to do what I want. So, I have some options. I was looking around my local university surplus property shop today and found a couple of machines that I think would work:
Dell Optiplex 755
2.66 gHz Core 2 Quad
3.0 GB DDR2 RAM
Mac Pro A1186
2X 2.66 gHz Dual Core Intel Xeon (4 cores)
4.0 GB DDR2 RAM
So, my questions:
1) Which machine would be "better" for the setup I was looking for above? My definition of "better" consists of ease of setup, ease of use/maintenance, long-term stability, inexpensive upgrade/update ability now and in the future.
2) Besides HDDs, will I need to purchase any additional hardware (RAM, Nic, etc) to get them running well?
3) Is there another, cheaper option that will still be robust enough for what I want?