69 months ago
I am planning to build a small form-factor quite FreeNAS machine. Primary use will be storing Lightroom photo files (catalog file is stored on internal SSD of my machine.), iTunes media and Plex Media Server and using it as CrashPlan backup destination. I am set on most of the parts but can't decide what kind of CPU I want or need. I definitely want to go with Haswell based system for low power consumption. The only task that will utilize CPU heavily is probably Plex transcoding. Two 1080p transcoding at once will be a frequent task. Will Celeron or i3 be able to handle this and keep up without stutters and keep up file transfers without issue?