NAS, PMS, Transcode, etc. all in one rackmount build

I’ve been lurking for quite a while now and trying to piece out a build of my own. My objectives are:

  • An all-in-one build. I know a cheaper build can be put together by building separate NAS and transcode machines, but I’m looking for a single appliance I can put in my rack and manage
  • The ability to expand over time (increasing RAM and storage as needed)
  • Separate 4k and 1080p libraries, with enough compute to handle 4-5 1080p streams/transcodes and 4k direct play to an NVidia Shield Pro
  • All necessary ancillary services (PMS, Solarr, etc.) running on this machine (potentially through containers/virtualization)
  • Planning to run unRAID

With that in mind, any thoughts on the below build?

Description Component Link Comments Price Quantity Status Total
Chassis SilverStone Technology RM41-H08 4U $265.00 1 FALSE $265.00
Rails RMS-06 SilverStone 22" Ball Bearing Sliding Rail Kit RMS06-22 $84.40 1 TRUE $84.40
Processor Intel® Core™ i3-9300 Processor $192.15 1 TRUE $192.15
Motherboard GIGABYTE C246M-WU4 $205.00 1 FALSE $205.00
Memory Kingston KSM24ED8/16ME Server Premier - DDR4-16 GB $87.00 2 FALSE $174.00
HDDs Western Digital 6TB WD Red Plus NAS Internal Hard Drive $145.00 3 FALSE $435.00
SSD Western Digital 500GB WD Blue 3D NAND $50.00 1 FALSE $50.00
SAS Controller SAS9211-8I 8PORT Int 6GB Sata+SAS Pcie 2.0 $72.00 1 FALSE $72.00
PSU TBD. Look at EVGA Wednesday sale $0.00 0 FALSE $0.00
CPU Cooler Noctua NH-L9I Noctua NH-L9i Low-Profile CPU Cooler 133604 B&H Photo Video $45.00 1 FALSE $45.00
SAS/SATA Breakout LiNKFOR 1.6ft Mini SAS to 4 SATA Cable SAS Breakout Cable $15.00 1 FALSE $15.00
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Your link for the CPU looks off. I’m reading through the rest.

Good catch! Swapped it out after realizing that CPU didn’t support ECC and failed to update my link. Did so in my spreadsheet now :slight_smile:

You can copy/paste the google/excel sheet cells directly into the forum, it will auto-format a table with links.

I should have tried that first… added.

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Swapped the WD Reds for WD Red Plus based on SMR concerns - not sure if there’s thoughts on better NAS drives?

Shuckable drives are not SMR. That is the route you should be going.

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Did this get built? Just curious about performance and if there’s anything you’d do differently. I’m looking at this route as well, 1 server rack to do most everything I need, rather than a separate NAS plex and proxmox servers for docker containers and some VMs possibly.

It did end up getting built! All told, I’m really happy with the end result. I made a few changes from the original list:

  • i3-9100 instead of 9300 due to availability
  • Rosewill 4u shallow case instead. My rack wasn’t nearly as deep as I thought it was, and there were very limited options to meet my expandability needs Case Link Here
  • No sliding rails. Static mounted instead
  • Added a CyberPower OR1500LCDRT2U UPS
  • Went the shuckable route and snagged 3x12 TB drives for now
  • Added a few additional fans

I’m far from a power user, but I’ve found it more than enough to run simultaneous streams, local 4k playback to a Shield Pro, as well as some ancillary docker containers (Home Assistant, SWAG, etc.).

Happy to answer any other questions you might have.

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Any reason you strayed away from a server rack, like the dell r710/r720? I think I’m swinging the pendulum back into that court again…seems like you can get a lot more for your money that route. I’ve gone back and forth a dozen times.

you can find an 8/16bay 720 with dual core 8’s and 64gb of ram pretty easily around $500 or less. Just not sure I can justify another $500 for something in a much more familiar form factor. Either way i’m not going to be able to have a living room pc anymore…lol my piece of junk i3 3220 is whisper quiet, those days are long gone.

How does a Dell R710/R720 solve this problem?

Sorry, was just asking why he went the route he did over something more “pre-built”. I’m trying to decide now, and if there’s more than just the experience of all DIY, i’d hope he’d mention it. I was going to go the DIY route, but I’m not sure it outweighs the value you can get on something like dell r720, but would like to know if i’m overlooking something!

Heat, noise, power consumption are the first three that come to mind

No QuickSync…

Form factor is the largest limiter for me. My rack depth is ~16" - it was primarily for my networking gear. There aren’t many options (outside of the more popular desktop repurposes) for something this size.

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yeah that is certainly something to consider. need to tack on another hundred for a p400 at least. Or something to use nvenc?

Or quicksync for significant less