I’m currently running Plex on a Windows 10 VM and my media is sitting on a 13 year old Synology with 2x 6TB drives. I’ve been having some random issues with my ESXi host so I’m thinking about building a dedicated Plex QSV HW Transcoding box and using my currently hardware to build a new NAS. I would like to be able to stream at least two (three would be nice) 4k files at the same time.
Plex - QSV HW Transcoder Build:
Intel Core i7-10700K Processor
NAS Build (currently my ESXi host):
2x XEON X5650 2.66GHz SIX CORE
What is the preferred OS for running Plex on a dedicated QSV transcoder? I would rather run Linux over Windows. I just started playing around with Arch Linux and so far I think I like it better than Ubuntu, but my initial thoughts is Ubuntu would probably be the safer direction (ease of use/stability) as of today.
NAS OS? I’ve been focused on Unraid or FreeNAS for my media storage. For this scenario is one going to have a clear advantage over the other? Are there others I should be considering?
I picked up a HP S01 this weekend and I’m about to start the installation of Ubuntu/Plex. Since this box will only function as my Plex server, is there a preference when installing Plex (standard install vs docker/container)?