Originally Posted by Scarpad
Long time plex pass user. Since 2011 i've been using an iMac as a Plex server and it's on its last legs so i'm contemplating what's next. I don't currently have a lot to spend on a replacement so i want the best for the money. Most of my content is ripped to m4v files although more and more i've been ripping dvd's to straight MKV's and some blu rays too. What's my best bang for the buck? I know that Nvidea has made some changes to the 16gb Child so that it makes it better suited to hold metadata. And finally i'm mostly a one stream at a time guy thou occasionally a friend or two my log in. What are my choices, i guess my other option cheap PC running Linux although i'm a complete line noob.
I have a intel nuc running as my server. Works great very low cost. Main media stored on a nas, so drive in the nuc is minimal. I got the i7, total cost was under $500. you can easily get away with an i5 or even one gen back and save a couple hundred dollars.
There are a number of prebuilt distributions of linux with plex that make install easy. There are a few out there built for the pi which can be even cheaper, closer the 100. But I haven't used them as a server - but they are great as end points.
Edit - my i7 nuc runs plex, roon, makemkv for backing up uhd disks and cds. I've had it streaming a 4k movie to the shield, streaming a bluray over the internet to a friend, and ripping a 4k movie all at the same time, no issues - so I'd say the i7 is overkill for your application.
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Last edited by Spinningbull; 10-06-2018 at 01:59 PM.