Just picked up a HP 290-p0046 (i3-8100, 8gb ram). Swapping out the 1tb HDD with a shucked 8tb. Also picked up a 250gb NVME (Inland premium) for OS and Plex Cache/Metadata. Also looking to run a few other items in Docker -Sonarr, Radarr, HomeAssistant, etc.
Haven’t installed the NVME and wondering if 250gb will be enough - thoughts?
Truthfully, I jumped on the purchase without planning it out too much. Hindsight, I would have built the multi-tasking NAS (OTiS). I’m just starting my library.
Edit: If you have good upgrade path, or better than a seperate build, I’m open. I originally wanted to do an AIO but thought separating the NAS and PMS would be beneficial. I haven’t seen evidence that it would. Not a big deal though.
I see the NK 4.x being recommended more often than the 5.0 - any specific reason?
For the QS box: assuming no thumbnail previews - 250gb enough or worth moving up to 500gb? When I do upgrade, I’ll probably move some of the containers (ie Sonarr, Radarr, seeding, etc.) over to the NAS, assuming that’s recommended.
Thumbnail previews do take up quite a bit of space in the Plex metadata folder, but they aren’t the only thing that you need to think about. If you don’t use RAM transcoding, the transcode folder can get quite large if you have a lot of simultaneous transcodes going. Any time Plex needs to change anything in the media, whether it’s a full transcode to reduce bitrate or changing the audio stream or even just changing the container, all of the stream components go into the transcode folder. Transcoding to RAM will eliminate that space requirement, but that’s not the only thing that could be taking up space. Offline sync can use a bunch of space as well. If your brother-in-law decides to sync an entire season of his favorite show in anything other than original quality, all of the files will be transcoded and saved in the Sync folder until he’s finished downloading them. There’s also the PhotoTranscoder folder, which stores copies of media posters, backdrops, cast posters and other images in various sizes and formats to be sent to client devices. This one usually won’t be exceptionally large, but it can still get into the several gigabyte range if you have a lot of media and a lot of different clients.
TL;DR Go with a 500GB drive. Even if you don’t need all the space today, you might need it down the road.
I’ve repurposed my 290 a few different times for different ideas/projects. it’s current form is with the stock cpu, intel 16gb optane ssd as the boot drive(ubuntu 20.04 server lts) and a shucked 8tb easystore for mass storage. currently running jellyfin and so far so good. Kind of thinking i should’ve gone with lubuntu or something but wanted to try something new.
as a side note, the included psu works fine with shucked drives since it’s 4 pin. but also read that since it’s the edaz model it’s air filled and doesn’t need to have the 3.3v mod.
“k” model CPU’s work fine. I installed a i5-9600k along with 32 GB RAM and an LSI SAS9207-8e HBA. This little box will be my unraid server (consolidating a few machines). I tested out Plex running in a docker container passing through the CPU to use Intel Quick Sync for hardware transcoding… and it works like a dream!
Just make sure to update the HP 290 to the latest BIOS for the 9xxx series CPU’s to work. I installed the i5-9600k and the machine would power on, but would not load Windows. I had to put the celeron processor back in, boot to Windows, update the BIOS, the re-install the new i5-9600k. After that it booted just fine into Windows 10. Then it was on to installing and configuring unraid.
My bad. Didn’t realize that there could be such a difference between the i5 and i7 in the same 9xxx series. Live and learn.
I can confidently say that the i5-9600k works beautifully (after updating to the latest BIOS)… mostly thanks to other fine serverbuilds.net members. Thanks @weskarl for posting that the i5-9600k worked in the first place and reminding me to check Microcenter!