Build for Blue Iris

Hello everyone,
I am looking to put together a blue iris nvr for my new home. would like some help picking out parts to keep a high value to $ ratio. right now the plan is 4x 4k poe cameras and likely a couple more down the road. any help is much appreciated

Put a 3.5" HDD in one of these and you’ll be good to go.

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how many cameras could I realistically expect to run on this?

@riggi is the resident camera/BI expert, and this is definitely his recommendation.
I know it can run the setup you’re looking for, but I’m not sure what the maximum is. I’d defer to him.

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I asked the same question here a year ago. Then I figured what the heck and went big. I won an auction on eBay for an " [Open Box HP ProDesk 600 G5 SFF i7-9700 3.00GHz 16GB RAM 512GB SSD… ]" for $540. Right now I’m running 31 cameras on it (10 are 4K) and am currently using 41% CPU. I only record full time on a few of them, the rest record when they detect motion. I offload the video to my NAS where I save it for 10 days. Then it automatically deletes the older video.