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Running as a 24/7 Plex server in my home. OS is Ubuntu Server (command line only). This machine is connected to my TV and home computers via wired ethernet and I also can use it through Wifi throughout my home. Connecting to Plex from other locations over the net works fine. I don't often use multiple streams but I've had it running 3 at the same time transcoding with no problems whatsoever. It should be capable of more. I also have it running Crashplan for automatic backups of it's data to the cloud.

Works great, the case is nearly silent and very compact, I like it much better than similar cases out there, having the motherboard above the power supply instead of underneath it allows for better cable management. I'm only using the stock CPU fan and the stock fan on the case, it seems to be maintaining enough pressure inside the case to keep dust out as it looks dust-free inside even after running for over 7 months in a basement. I will have to upgrade the hard drive fairly soon but I was planning on that anyway, I just wanted to get up and running for a reasonable cost. It does hold quite a bit of data though, I have close to 400 movies on it now and over 1500 TV episodes plus all of my music and pictures and still have about 300GB left.

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  • 44 months ago
  • 3 points

Great server, only one question: What does plex mean?

  • 44 months ago
  • 3 points
  • 44 months ago
  • 3 points

Ohh! That's a great app

  • 44 months ago
  • 2 points

Yes, it's very helpful to display a large collection of media in a great interface. Makes it easy to watch movies on other devices because it can transcode files to different formats as you watch them so your files work on just about any device.

  • 44 months ago
  • 2 points

I know nothing about this, but it sounds like a worthwhile future project.

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

If you have a lot of media files (movies, pictures, TV shows, music etc) on your PC it's well worth checking out Plex!

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

It is definitely worth getting the Android / IOS client app as well. I use my Plex server constantly at home to listen to my album collections while at work. :)

  • 44 months ago
  • 2 points

iv always wanted to make something like this can u store files using plex?

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Well it's still a normal computer so you could use it to do whatever you want, Plex is great for taking your media files like pictures, movies, music etc and displaying them in a Netflix-style interface. I use the Plex server software on my server PC to host the files and use the Plex apps on my TV, phone and computers to watch the files. It's similar to Kodi/XBMC.

Check it out here: https://plex.tv/

  • 44 months ago
  • 2 points

I feel like the thermaltake core v1 might be the best all around mini itx case on the planet

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

I think it's a great case, easy to work with and quality was very good. Cable management was easy with the motherboard sitting on a shelf above the power supply so air flow has been great as well with no wires in the way of any fans. Also there is a ton of ventilation so heat will never be an issue. I have their Core V71 full tower for my main desktop at home and it is the best case I've ever owned. The fact that it matches my new Plex server is a nice plus :)

  • 44 months ago
  • 3 points

The layout of the v1 is just amazing, I watched tech sources ice cube gaming pc video, more specifically the build guide, and the way the case is laid out is very nice.

  • 44 months ago
  • 2 points

Awesome, might as well as a video card and make this a gaming PC too! Also, only 3TB is a little low to warrant a dedicated server :P

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

It was only 3TB due to budget, I plan to add a 6TB drive as soon as I have to. Still, 3TB holds quite a few movies & TV shows for Plex, good to start off with.

  • 44 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice, I got the same case wrapped in carbon fiber vinyl !

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

I checked it out, that's a pretty sweet looking build, nice job :D

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Why build one? Couldnt you just buy a server for much cheaper? Or did you have a reason of building it...Just wondering

  • 44 months ago
  • 2 points

I think you missed the point of this website :P

Jokes aside I would guess that plex is similar to FREENAS in that its can be picky on what hardware you use and that by building it yourself you can minimize the possibility having a problem.

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Plex currently relies heavily on the CPU for transcoding files into formats that will play on any device in real-time. Some types of CPU are not appropriate, mostly because they can't handle transcoding well. Keep in mind that eventually you might need to be transcoding more than one thing at a time, say if you want to watch a movie on your phone while someone is watching another on a TV, so you need a CPU to handle both at once. I suppose one could store multiple copies of movies to prevent having to transcode, but that would be time consuming to make and would fill up a lot of hard drive space with duplicate files in many resolutions, sound formats etc.

Otherwise, Plex runs on a few different operating systems and is pretty easy to set up and maintain. Here are the hardware requirements for Plex Media Server.

  • 44 months ago
  • 2 points

I'm gonna guess you're never looked at servers before- they're EXPENSIVE.

This uses consumer-grade hardware and is thus much cheaper for the same performance, and still works.

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

At first I priced out a build with different components that would normally be used in a proper server but it was much much more expensive. This PC will do the job for a while to come and was a decent price. Every "brand name" computer I've purchased recently comes loaded with bloatware and low quality parts. I'd rather build my own and know exactly what is inside and have the quality to last.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Servers in the same price range usually run Atom based CPUs which are very bad for transcoding.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Similar build but I made mine low $350 CAD. CPU at least 2000+ passmark you are good.

I had a Surface Pro 2 runs on Plex Media Server + Game server without issues. That CPU is even slower.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes it just depends how many streams with transcoding you want to be able to handle at once. I was hoping for at least 3 at the same time to allow for the future a little. Also you only have 128gb of storage listed which is not enough for my collection which is nearly filling my 3tb drive. This isn't really a bare minimum server, you can go cheaper depending on your needs.