Description

This was my first ever build. It runs Freenas OS and is used solely for Plex.

It has 4x 4TB drives for media and is set up in RaidZ2 which gives me just under 7TB of usable space. The other two SSDs are used for the Freenas OS and Jails.

I am looking at adding another two 4TB drives soon and rebuilding my RaidZ2 vDev with the additional two drives giving me about 14TB usable storage space.

I am using the stock case fans at the minute which has managed to keep the case at a reasonable temp (and quiet enough), along with the stock intel fan which comes with the cpu.

Tell me what you think and if you have any suggestions on additional supply and extract fans please do say below.

Comments

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

Is there a reason for adding 32GB of RAM for Plex only? Plex doesn't utilize the RAM iirc. I feel like you'd be totally fine using just one of those sticks of RAM. Same thing with the multiple SSDs - wouldn't the OS/Plex be able to fit on one SSD?

In fact, can you tell me why you went with that mobo/cpu combo? I thought Plex ran on older/cheaper hardware - my plex server is running on an AMD FX-8350 spare cpu that I had lying around and I feel like it's probably overkill for just running Plex.

Regardless, I enjoy seeing Plex server builds - it gives me inspiration for the eventual upgrade of my Plex server. +1 from me, thanks for sharing!

  • 12 months ago
  • 3 points

The RAM is because of Freenas OS which requires 8GB ram + 1GB per TB, freenas uses all the ram available to it as the OS is dumped to RAM on boot.

In regards to the SSDs, you can't use the drive which your OS is stored on (with freenas) for anything else thus a separate drive for jails is required. Whilst the jails could be stored on the hdds, it performs better of an ssd (in theory).

The Supermicro board and cpu I agree with you it is definatly over kill but I built it to last and wanted to ensure I had room to build upon should I want to run several more programs.

Thanks for the +1. :)

  • 12 months ago
  • 2 points

Ah ok, I'm glad I asked! I haven't built a NAS myself yet but I might look into building it in the future. Thanks!

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

You are very welcome . I'm still learning myself but it is definitely worth it, even if just for a project.

  • 11 months ago
  • 3 points

for streaming out 4k 7.1 surround video content plex has maxed out my i7 7820x with transcoding.

  • 12 months ago
  • 0 points

what os are you using?

  • 12 months ago
  • 5 points

"This was my first ever build. It runs Freenas OS and is used solely for Plex." Freenas OS