CROSS-POSTED from the Reddit JDM_WAAAT forum:
Hey JDM_WAAAT and friends.
Thanks for all the advice here and on the Reddit forums – great stuff, really helpful!
I’m looking into building a new server, and have a few questions. Wondering what y’all would advise.
- General data storage, roughly 40TB. Would also like some way to do full offsite cloud backup. Currently using Backblaze personal, which works fine.
- Plex server. Maximum transcodes so far is eight simultaneous, but average load is more like four. All 1080p content, no 4K (if I ever expand to 4K, it would be in-network shared only; no transcoding). Lots of the content is x265. I know the ideal situation is “don’t transcode anything”, but that’s not an option, unfortunately.
- Have been running all the above off of a couple MediaSonic boxes attached to my main rig – it’s plenty beefy, but all the Plex load is slowing things down a bit (and I’d like to be able to power down the main rig when not in use).
- Budget is up to $1000, but cheaper is always better. Drives do not need to be included; I have plenty.
- High-level question: for the purposes above, would I be better off building ONE do-it-all box or TWO separate boxes, one to do the file hosting and one to do the transcoding?
- If one box, it seems to me the way to go (based on JDM_WAAAT’s transcoding guide) would be a recent Intel chip with QuickSync and a mobo with plenty of PCI-e slots for drive expansion, mounted in one of those Rosewill 15-bay cases. Is there a significant difference between the 7th, 8th, and 9th generation chips, so far as QuickSync transcoding goes? What’s a good bang-for-the-buck chip for this purpose?
- If two boxes, I assume the way to go would be to cobble together a NAS Killer and pair it with a small, dedicated transcoding box – like an 8th Gen QuickSync laptop, or maybe one of those 8th Gen HP minis that are going for like $100?
- I have basically zero experience with Linux; I’m a Windows guy, and I’m not anywhere near as tech-savvy in general as most of you guys are. Would I be better off going UnRaid for this build, or just sticking with Windows (currently running SnapRAID + Drivepool, which has worked a charm for my needs).
- Are there any good (affordable) cloud backup systems for Linux? I don’t think BackBlaze supports that platform. Would G Suite be an option?