How to build a quiet 117TB Plex media server (Part 2)

How to build a quiet 117TB Plex media server (Part 2)


after recording part one I realized I
kind of glossed over a few things so I wanted to elaborate on some of the
reasoning behind the decisions I made upgrade and hardware wise before I migrated everything to my
current single server solution I was running two separate rack mount
servers I had the 4u Isilon NL 400 running Windows 10 Pro as my storage
server and a 1u Intel s 2600 GZ plex media server also running Windows 10 Pro
the reason I had a separate transcode server was simply because I wasn’t using
Hardware transcoding yet and I needed to have those CPU cycles available for plex
without interference from other tasks or virtual machines running in the
background Plex can be very CPU hungry if you have multiple transcodes
happening simultaneously I think the advent of Hardware
transcoding really changed the game when it comes to running a media server at
home I think it’s the best way to share with friends and family and it can now
be done fairly inexpensively the 4u Isilon I had was running stable bits
drive pool for both data redundancy and the drive pooling software itself it
worked great like I said previously I don’t have anything against raid 1 or
stable bits drive pool the selling point for stable bits drive pool really is
that it’s a software raid and unlike raid 1 *FACEPALM* I MEANT RAID 5 🙁 your data is still accessible
even if you pull a drive out and put it in another computer it copies every file
in the pool to two disks the only reason I continued using this product with 20
plush drives was out of necessity in order to migrate away from it I would
need an array or pool large enough to house all of the data I already had in
order to migrate it over when I first installed the software I only had two
drives it made sense back then as I didn’t see my storage addiction getting
out of control like it did as I continued adding drives the ease of use
and ability to add drives on an ad-hoc basis regardless of size was great but
the hidden cost of this was getting vendor locked into a piece of software I
personally think FreeNAS and unrated are better solutions because the way they
work is fundamentally different and at a high level this allows you to get the
most bang for your buck by sacrificing fewer disks to get the same data
recovery ability take on rate for instance sure you sacrifice at least one
drive as a parity drive to have single failure protection
but that can essentially protect you from any single Drive failing and still
being able to recover your data if you lose a day to drive a nun raid you
simply rebuild the entire thing by having one dedicated parity drive in my
opinion this is a very elegant solution and it skills incredibly well if you
have four discs for instance and they are all eight terabytes in size you can
sacrifice one eight terabyte drive and have twenty four terabytes of usable
space in your array hell you don’t even have to have equal size drives with
sunray so you can have a mixture of eight five four or whatever size drives
you want as long as your parity disk is equal or larger than any of your data
drives and you end up with single drive failure protection at a minimum FreeNAS
uses ZFS and while I don’t want to turn this into a comparison video between the
two FreeNAS requires you to have equally sized disks for each array or you have
to create separate v-dubs to use different size discs in a single pool
that also means sacrificing one drive from each vida for drive failure
protection if this isn’t a deal-breaker for you free nas does offer better read
and write performance than done raid albeit with different pool slash vida of
disk requirements but with MDOT two drives being as cheap as they are you
can just add an MDOT to drive as a cache and unrated and get pretty good
performance out of it and this is how I ended up where I am today it had both to
do with the desire for a more reliable storage solution as well as the advent
of Hardware transcoding migrating from the loudest hell one us 2600 GZ Intel
server and before you dyson vacuum cleaner
had to a dual-purpose storage an Plex transcode server really was a no-brainer
an unread you can run virtual machines and pass a GPU through directly to a VM
which allows you to use Hardware transcoding inside of a virtual machine
on your storage server which really lets you get the most out of a single machine
this is my current server the foundation of my server is a gigabyte GA 7 PS h2
dual socket LGA 2011 motherboard with dual a 526 9 TV 2 CPUs 2 PCI Express LSI
SAS 2008 expansion cards flash 2 IT mode 256 gigabytes of ddr3 ECC memory and an
NVIDIA GTX 1074 Plex transcoding and a total of about a hundred and seventeen
terabytes of storage of which about 96 terabytes of that is usable I built this
in a slightly modified Thermaltake tower 900 case I removed the plastic om feet
and added casters on the bottom so that I could wheel it around when I need to
move it I mounted the GPU in the front of the case due to heat as well as some
space issues overall the case makes very little noise runs fairly cool stores
lots of data and is capable of roughly 46 h.265 transcodes as a plex server all
while housing 117 terabytes of storage i mounted most of the disks back here I
also added fans in the back to bring more air into the back of the case as
well as to create positive pressure which helps exhaust the heat out through
the top of the case and through the hard drives I think it looks good and it is a
practical enough solution to run in a house modifying the Tower 900 case to
fit an SSI EBE ATX motherboard like the gigabyte 7 pêche to required drilling
and tapping a few extra holes to add three motherboard standoffs the entire
process was pretty easy the motherboard would have fit without these extra holes
but in my opinion these extra standoffs here give it the necessary support for
adding and removing or memory later after this as I mentioned previously I
installed the drive cages and the back of the case along with
extra fans if you aren’t already familiar with the LSI SAS 2008 cards
they allow you to add eight drives with each card by using these breakout cables
which I also link to in the description SAS to SATA breakout cables are what I
ran to the back of the case to get a total of 15 3.5 inch drives into this
case as I mentioned in my previous video this is my 4u Isilon server as you can
probably imagine the noise this thing creates makes it almost unbearable to
run inside your house when I wanted to move it out of my garage due to humidity
concerns I needed to build something quiet that could house all of my disks
and that is how I ended up here as I stated previously I used to have two
servers one for Plex and one for storage this allowed me to have dedicated CPU
cycles and hardware for Plex but due to the advent of Hardware transcoding
passing a GPU through to a virtual machine inside of unread allows me to
run a single server which helped me lower my power bill each month well I
don’t need the dual 2690 v2 CPUs to get the most out of this gtx 1070 I ended up
buying them for the extra bit of headroom and to be able to spin up and
teardown different virtual machines for lab purposes here is my unread dashboard
with all of my docker containers VM storage and hardware stats as you can
see I’m running quite a few docker containers most of these are spun up on
an as-needed basis while a few docker containers are part of a graph on a
dashboard that I use to monitor my server here are the VMS running on my
server as of today I have a primary Ubuntu plex media server where I pass
the gtx 1070 through to the operating system this configuration allows me to
get about 46 h.265 to h.264 transcodes as you can see the utilization on
average is nowhere near that but it’s fun to have all that extra Headroom I
think you would be hard-pressed to build something equivalent to this performance
wise with just CPUs today I also run a Windows 10 Pro virtual machine I use
that for various applications and just to have a Windows host that’s always up
here is my main graph on a dashboard this is running inside of a docker
container a nun raid there is a great tutorial on how to build this in the
description below at the top of this dashboard you can see my summarized UPS
2 six where I have the current load
battery charge daily yearly costs as well as load versus time charts below
that I monitor each individual 2690 v2 CPU the Ubuntu and Windows VM CPU
utilization x’ and the NVE NC and GPU utilization inside of Ubuntu to keep
track and if necessary help correlate any performance issues the total CPU
package as well as the temperatures of my seat GPU and CPU are on the right and
a current UPS runtime and GPU fan speed graph are below that I track current
transcodes and flex sessions as well as overall data consumption growth and free
space some of the more useful statistics are the drive temperatures cache and
array read/write speeds as well as a disk latency and write times that about
sums up my primary dashboard I have a few others as well but the more
interesting and relevant to this video would be the Ubuntu dashboard here I
monitor current transcode speed number of transcodes PCIe receive and transmit
data rates GPU fan speed and vram used as well as the overall utilization of
the NVE NC chip this dashboard really makes it easy to monitor plex to sum all
of this up the tower 900 case really allowed me to run my Plex and storage
servers inside my house and out of my garage away from the humidity which
kills hard drives it also allowed me to virtualize my plex server and lower my
electricity bill thank you for watching please like and subscribe let me know
what your build is in the comments below where it lives in your house what the
specs are maybe take a photo and upload it I’m really curious to know what
others are doing out there

100 thoughts on “How to build a quiet 117TB Plex media server (Part 2)

  1. Great video as always.
    My server: i7 8700k, 16GB DDR4, Quadro P2000, Win10 OS/Plex cache on 1TB Samsung 860. (case: Phanteks Shift, H80i v2 AIO, and SF600 Gold)
    Storage: Synology DS1815+ (8bay with ram upgrade) 7x8tb WD Red NAS.
    GBe network.

    Running great and quiet. what benefits would I enjoy from switching (and learning) Freenas and /or Unraid? Ignorance is pretty much bliss for me with my server running with out issue coming up on 90 days.

    the most trans-codes I've hit in 90 days is 6

    My previous server was that Dell r720 dual E5-2650 48GB ECC ram (8disc) paired with an MD1200(12disc) switching to the consumer grade equipment I saw a huge jump in performance, reliability and noise reduction.

  2. Why run plex in a vm? I run it as a docker so it only use the memory it needs (I transcode into memory), and with the unraid nvidia-smi version, you can do hardware accelerated encoding in the plex docker too.

  3. I use unraid as well. Ryzen 1700 CPU, 32 gb of ram. 51 TB of usable storage in the array. Server is used as a nextcloud server/NAS and plex server. I'm currently using a Rosewill 4U 15 bay rack mountable chassis. All but one of the hard drive slots are occupied. When its time to upgrade, I'll buy a supermicro 15 bay case and connect those hard drives via DAS as you've shown in the video. After that, if I need to expand then I'll have to make a secondary server as unraid only supports up to 30 attached hard drives lol!

  4. Drivepool is still a good option, just use snapraid instead of drivepool's duplication. Snapraid and drivepool compliments each other well.

  5. My lil' server seems sad compared to all y'all: AMD Phenom X4 945 on ASUS Motherboard with 14GB of DDR3 RAM, GeForce GT 730 (no hardware transcode) and 6 random mismatched hard drives for about 14 TB of storage

  6. I used to have a Dell XPS8500 motherboard inside of a rosewill4500 case with 8 HDs running off a perc 6e card. I was going to upgrade the guts of that to a server mobo/cpu and 12 hot swap drive bays but a 2U R720xd fell in my lap (I work in the data protection business and we have hardware we run POCs on for our customers. When that hardware got old I was extremely lucky to catch it instead of it going in the dumpster) I had 12 x 1TB HD’s but recently coworkers gave me his old set of 12 x 4TB HD’s. The r720 has 12 bays

    Your plex server is beautiful I would love to be able to take my r720 hardware and put it in a case like yours but dells custom configurations make it so it will never really leave its 2U chassis. Yes it sounds like a jet engine but updating the iDRAC software quieted things down. It’s running in the closet of my guest room with an exhaust I built to shoot the hot air into the attic. I don’t know the CPU’s off the top of my head but they are 2 x 6core. I haven’t had CPU encode issues yet but I would love to get a graphics card for encoding. It all runs on VMware. I have a couple other lab VMs and web servers running tautulli and organizr and use a monitoring software called Foglight.

    Awesome vids man!

  7. Great channel mate, I run mine on a QNAP 882, 32gb ram, 12 TB Raid 5, I share with quite a lot of friends with no big issues, to be honest upload bandwidth will hit the limit first I believe

  8. Tyan S7012 , Dual x5760 CPUs, 72GB ddr3, 1tb nvme cache, 10tb array w/parity. But im planning a new unraid server based on the 3rd gen threadripper (whenever they come out) current board only has sata 2 ports. It's also the model that didn't have included sas ports. sure I could get a pcie, but then i still into the issue of 10gbe. Most sfp+ 1-gbe cards are pretty cheap used, but due to the distance from my server to my main pc, I cant simply get 2 cards and run a DAC cable. I COULD get 2 sfp+ too fiber transceivers, but I dont want to run fiber though my crawlspace. So then im stuck looking at 10gbe pcie cards with rj45.. those are less power efficient and run hotter/use more energy, but oh well.. Except all the cards are only x4, designed for a pice 3 slot, my server only has pcie 2. There are dual port sfp+ cards out there that are x8,still designed for pcie 3, but if places in pcie 2 x8 it would still let ONE of the ports run at 10gbe? idk.. at this point, im gonna say fuck it and upgrade my server to a Threadripper. The new boards will be sporting pcie 4 and almost surely there will several boards with 10gbe onboard. (the Gigabyte x570 Aorus Master has one, and thats a consumer/desktop product technically, so id expect the HEDT boards will too.
    Sorry for the rant. Just found you channel randomly. also props for the tower 900 – ive been waiting for a reason to use one of those

  9. This uses way to much power for what you need 1070 really ? just for plex ? Dual cpu just for plex? For a single user or even a small fam way to much overkill.

  10. if you didn't already know, you can use/have gpu passthrough with the plex docker. less overhead instead of having a VM, also having the docker sandbox. EDIT: this is using [Plugin] Linuxserver.io – Unraid Nvidia

  11. You should try Cockpit it is a package that is available on most Linux systems, it monitors Systems shows log files and a few other if you want to look. It has web interface.

  12. I just picked up 3 Dell R710s and 1 HP DL180G6 fairly cheap. It's older hardware, but $20 for the HP was still a steal imo. I've loaded all 3 Dells with Proxmox, but I may go down to 2 because I don't need that much redundancy. The HP is going to be loaded with FreeNAS and I'm planning on running Plex inside of that. Other projects I'd like to do with this stack is install NextCloud, learn Docker, and run Ravada which is an open source VDI broker so I can have a couple thin clients for my kids to use.

  13. Mine is actually quite similar 😂 PESH4, instead of PESH2, and dual 2670 v1, with custom built case and drive bays from different parts I got on eBay. All in all similar build, same OS and experience. Kudos! 🙌

  14. Doesn't the PESH2 board have an LSI HBA built into it? Can't tell if you are using those breakouts as well as the LSI PCIE cards. Also why not use an expander instead of a second card? Not sure how many drives you are running.

  15. Your videos have helped me out immensely. I started out using Plex, but my new Samsung TV had issues running Plex. Even though my TV was hard wired to my 300/300 internet service, every time I turned the TV on and clicked on the Plex App- I would get an error message that I wasn't connected to the internet. The only way I could fix this was to reinstall Plex. I downloaded the Emby Server and the Emby Client App on the TV and it works great. I am sure there are reasons I should switch back to Plex, but I am happy everything is working now. My system started as a way for me to watch my movies in my house on any of my TV's. I took an old gaming tower which had a i9-930 with 24 GB's of RAM and was experiencing some problems and put a new MB, i3-6320 (I chose this because it was power efficient at the time), and 8 GB RAM. After getting everything up and running, my wife decides to add all of the kids- 6, and a dozen friends as users. So, now I have the potential of up to 18 users wanting to watch movies at the same time. I was going to upgrade the MB, processor, RAM and install a high end GPU to make sure I wouldn't have any problems. I posted something on the Emby Forum about what I should do for hardware and someone said I just needed to get a Quadro P4000. I did some research and stumbled upon a video you did a while ago explaining that the consumer gaming GPU's wouldn't solve my problem and that a Quadro P2000 would increase my transcoding streams. The bottom line is I bought the P2000 and everything is working fantastic. I think I could add another dozen users and still be okay. My server is running Windows 10 Pro with all updates and I have (5) WD Red 10 TB's HD's for a total of 50 TB's of storage (thank you Best Buy and Easy Store!). I just want your viewers to know that everything you have shown will work on Emby as well. Thank you so much and keep the videos coming. As for some future videos, I would like to see some benchmarks on what hardware will convert videos the fastest with Handbrake. Keep up the awesome work!

  16. I wish for a future video of a full how to build server with parts list and show how you connect everything down to installing and configuring software 🙂 fingers crossed? Hehe

  17. You linked external hard drives in the video description – Do you use them for the server? Is it cheeper to remove the drives from the case or what is the thing about it?

  18. What happened to your P2000? Also Why not use a docker for Plex since LinuxServer.io has a custom unraid build for the NVIDIA Drivers?

  19. So glad I found this channel. My plex is a Game Boy by comparison. Time to really step up my game. I love that case but Im going to re-purpose my Cooler Master Cosmos II for my new server. Thanks for this. You touched on a lot things I never considered for a Plex server.

  20. Very nice Setup.
    I'am using an Win10 AMD FX 6350,1050ti and 32TB.
    Vu+ Settop Box as an TV Headend.
    Local its Passthrough only, for external Streams their are 10 lines @ 1080 8mbit

  21. I'm loving this. I have a question since I cant seem to find the info online. Does the case come with all the hard drive cages for this or did you have to get extras? If you had to get extra where did you get them? You say you put 15 total drives but the schematic that you show in the video it's possible to put a total of 22.

  22. My setup is several steps behind yours. I'm still on the Dyson config – an 8 x 3Tb Raid6 NAS running PMS. 2Gb RAM (max), no GPU, no hardware transcoding, no VMs,, streaming over a 1Gb LAN.Yours is the vision of my future, and by the time I can afford it, it'll probably be as crusty as mine is now.

  23. Thanks for the video!

    My build:
    MB: Asus P10S-M WS
    Proc: xeon E-1245 v5
    RAM: 16 G non ecc
    Storage: 6x WD 4tb red z2/raid5
    2x WD green 3tb striped for media
    OS: freenas 11.2

    Right Now I plan to run OMV or Unraid but trying out Amahi too.

  24. I also really looking forward to the part list of the whole build. I'm thinking about to also build that server – or something simular to it. Hmm … Do you or some one in here have recommendations for a good and mordern build that can be a storage server and at the same time a good cloud solution (iPhone Sync of my pics) and plex server? I will use it only with max 3 Persons at the same time but I'm also Hardware Enthusiast and want to make sure that this will be the ONE Build for everything. Power consumption on the other hand is a big deal for me so it whould be great if all parts are super low in power consumtion and quiet at the same time. I hope that's possible …

  25. Do you have a link to the motherboard you used? I want to build this exact setup as i currently have 50tb and want to expand up to 100

  26. Run ESXI as base OS.

    Run Freenas in VM, passthrough SAS card running in IT mode.

    Don't use Unraid for long term data Storage, you will encounter Data Rot. This is not avoidable, Unraid nor the file systems it uses can counter data rot. Unless you are using a hardware raid card to combat data rot, and use unraid to join those pools together like Linus does in his setups. Your data will rot away slowly. Will you notice? Probably not, some data degradation isn't going to kill your files downright. But why put up with it. Espically if you are going to be holding on to some of this data for years to come.

    Data Rot is real people, you need a Filesystem that can deal with it.

    Running everything in VM's makes migration to new systems a breeze. No point not to run Plex on it's own Linux Distro, and passthrough a GPU to it. Don't run Plex in a docker, it doesn't get GPU support! Well not easily. Unraid doesn't have GPU drivers needed for it last I checked, and I doubt freenas does either.

  27. Are you using a patched driver to get around the 2 NVDEC (encode) stream limit on consumer grade nvidia cards? By default you won't have ability to run more than two trans codes using Nvidia hardware iirc. Which is why a lot of people go with the Quadro P2000… Otherwise AMD doesn't limit you, but you have to use windows to use one. Sadly I use Ubuntu, so I'm forced to use Nvidia. I had to patch my Driver to get more than two transcodes working from the GPU.

  28. Impressive! I really liked your build. Right now I am using a machine for Plex, with TB2 and USB storage and I have at least 12 HD’s not used (between 2, 3 and 4 TB). I may build something similar in the next months, but on a Rysen machine. Not sure if I will buy a new video card, for my needs I think my nvidia 970 is enough.

  29. Hmm YouTube did not give me notifications, I was waiting and missed this video which I've waited a long time for

  30. I really like the parody thing with freenas, but I love data integrity with freenas. If only there was a combination of the two.

  31. Great video ! I'm using the same board with two 2650 V2 CPUs. I'm currently running Proxmox+Ubuntu VM for Plex and store the data in an old Synology NAS. Unraid looks cool to do both with the same box…

  32. Hi, can you please confirm if this card would work? It comes in 2 modes, IR or IT. I am having already RAID6 setup and using similar card but having some issues compatibility with motherboard (if I use GPU on another PCI it wont boot up :/, so want to try some alternative). Thanks, Michal
    https://www.ebay.com/itm/LSI-SAS-9211-8i-8-port-6Gbs-PCI-E-Internal-HBA-Both-Brackets-IT-MODE/132776058625

  33. @Sloth Tech TV +Sloth Tech TV
    I started looking into the Plex Media Server because of this video, so thank you for that.

    When you say that you're able to process 27 transcodes at the same time, what settings are you using for the transcodes? (which they call "optimize")

  34. Hello, youtube recommended this vid which came out great! I am looking for the best solution to expand my storage, run win10 pro, plex, tatuli, NUT. Do you have a vid on how to setup using Unraid, as I would like to mimic your setup. Super cool. Off topic question, how do you access windows 10 pro gui? I am running Ryzen 2200g with a cooler master 240 aio, 128 gb m.2 OS, 500 gb samsung ssd (game drive), 10 tb dedicated plex storage with 8 gb ram inside a corsair 250D. Low power consumption was the goal – 60 watt power draw for those interested. Curious why are you using a GTX 1070 instead of the P2000? Future plans include ryzen 5/7, 16 gb ram, parity software solution, P2000. IF there is any negatives for using ryzen as a server please call me out on it.

  35. where can I found the wheel and HDD cage like yours?
    does this fit this case : https://www.amazon.com/MB074SP-B-Vortex-Removable-Module-Cooler/dp/B00GSQMYY0/
    your videos change a lot of what I was planning to do : )
    thank you

  36. How did you mount the GPU at the front of the case? My (very limited) Googling has resulted in 0 other people that have done this? It looks awesome.

  37. Question: where did you got the extra hdd cages for the thermaltake 900 case? I am about to buy one and I want to use most of the back as storage server. The dealbreaker would be the extra hard drive cages.

  38. And here I am, rocking a SFF Office-desktop with an i7, 3 internal drives and a total of 13 external USB drives totalling to 21TB 😅 jankiest setup but i havent got money for something as beautyful as you've got going on…

  39. I think it would have been better if you split your workload.
    Unraid, with a ryzen 3 1200 or so, ASRock Taichi X370 (dirtcheap here since X570) that holds all your drives. (with aditional LSI HBA cards)
    Grab a 120GB SSD, put ubuntu and plex media server on it and use that with the dual xeon system. You can mount the shares of unraid in ubuntu using NFS. (built-in on unraid).

  40. Interesting that you used a VM for the plex server. Im curious, does it overall have better performance compared to using a docker? I run unRAID as well but my PLEX server is run though a docker container. With using the nVidia unRAID modified OS, even with plex in a docker, I still have the hardware transcode with my gtx1050 ti.

  41. How much power does your server consume through a day and a year. What does it cost to run where you live (USA)?

  42. i7 4790k OC'ed to 4.8 ghz, 32 gigs of ddr3 at 2133, and an AMD RX 470. I was using an Nvidia GTX 960 but oddly enough the AMD RX 470 does a better job with 4k streams (x265, HEVC) even though the GTX 960 is a faster gaming card I believe it has to do with the drivers and the supported codecs. I have 12 TB's of drive space in raid 1 on a raid card that also has an msata slot for caching which I have a Samsung 860 1 TB msata SSD. I never buffer and watch 4k streams while friends and family transcode limited to 4 megs a stream at 1080P. I will be converting my gaming rig AMD 2700x 32gigs of ddr4 3200 and an Nvidia RTX 2080 into my new server/plex host when i build my new gaming PC.

  43. How many users do you have for your plex server and what is the average amount of them using at one time?

  44. He cannot run more than two transcodes at the same time on a GTX 1070 because Nvidia Locks it down. And what he circled in the screenshot was transcode speed not the number of actual transcode streams. Yeah this guy is an idiot and doesn't know what he's talking about.

  45. Thanks for the video! I have been through an evolution amazingly similar to your own. I started with QNAP based NAS's, then went to FreeNAS running on older repurposed PC's with external drive enclosures, and finally 3 years ago built a 24 bay 4U rack mounted SuperMicro enclosure. It currently has 128TB of storage configured in multiple RAIDZ2 vdevs (allowing for up to two drive failures) giving about 76TB of usable storage. There's a second 1U Virtualbox system in this rack running VM's, including Plex. Here's a pic from 3 years ago showing how messy my old wiring closet setup of multiple separate repurposed PC's was compared to the rack mount system: https://photos.google.com/share/AF1QipM1fEBuGOhqVNAiM0EU8JbV8MEEaWwuAxzgEJ3YvmYdvdHmeh2ErKBVFZjZFO4S5A?key=UVdWakphS0tyRVFQbExzV1EwWTlOTVZ0SnIwN3F3 … And yes it sounds like a Dyson vacuum cleaner. One day I'll move to a quiet setup like yours!

  46. While my server currently only has 12TB of hard drive in it, I am running a dual Xenon X5660 in an old Supermico E-ATX board with only 24 GB of RAM in a Roswell 4U chassis. Using FreeNAS and running Plex in a jail and is also housing two Minecraft servers using Mine-OS in a jail as well. The downside to this set up is updating having to run a script to update Plex and do some command line stuff to do it. Not a big deal, just a few hoops to jump through.

  47. Any reason you are not running plex in a docker? Really no need for the dedicated vm. You can still do the hardware transcoding in docker.

  48. Am running a 2U R620 a MD1200 and a DS4346 with zero noise issues. It's in the room next to my PC and you can't hear it through a paper thin wall 15 feet from my ears… I'm also at 36 drives with 336TB raw so I needed a little more flexibility.

  49. What do you use for power?

    I'm still on commodity hardware. I recycled an old intel CPU and put ubuntu with ZFS on it. The thing I end up doing is just daisy chaining a bunch of sata power connectors. This seems OK because disk power should be low amps and probably wont overload the rail. Just wondering if there is a more elegant solution or if you end up spending a lot of money on a power supply.

  50. Right now I'm running Plex on an i7-8700 server with data files separate on a dual e5-2630L Supermicro board in a 24 drive server case. My software on the server is Windows 2012 R2 Essentials and I'm over 100Tb of data due to running JBOD with Stablebit and 2x replication. I can transcode many streams because the Plex Server has a Quad P200 video card for HW transcode. Your idea of switching to UNRAID has me intrigued. I was in the process of setting up a remote UNRAID server for remote backup anyway. I like your idea. Have to see how it goes.

  51. I'm curious as to why you're running Plex in a VM rather than using the docker version? I had problems with the docker mainly because my data files are on another server, but yours are on the same server. What's the advantage I'm missing? I'm getting really excited about this concept since I can end replication and reduce the drives instead of adding more JBOD boxes.

  52. Your server is off the chain, Do you build them up for profit. I'm interested. Is there a way to connect with you?

  53. I went with ubuntu and ZFS and with plex running in docker. My system is working great, and I have the flexibility of ubuntu. Running on a dell r710 with a seperate disk shelf filled with random drives.

  54. I have a Ryzen3700 with a P2000 and I'm thinking about to buy a bigger case with a 8-bay slot and 8x10TB HDDs. Can you recommend Unraid is it stable? or should I just get a 8-bay synology and connect it to my Ryzen for transcoding?

    Thanks!

  55. This was a pretty good breakdown of what you've got going. My question is, what hard drive chassis did you use and where did you get them? I have the same PC case (snow edition) but can only install 4 x 3.5 HD's. I have 6 more drives to install and can't find anywhere to buy these cages. Thanks!!!

  56. Nice server build mate

    My current server is a old HP Pavilion 500-374na
    core i3-4150
    12gb ddr3 1600mhz
    8x10TB HDDS
    120G SSD
    SAS9211-8I 8PORT Int 6GB Sata+sas Pcie 2.0
    Win 10 Pro
    using quick sync for hardware transcoding
    Antec P101 Silent Computer Case

  57. I love this build. I've been trying to find something with massive storage that I could potentially run in my living room not far from my TV. Would you say this build is quiet enough to be within earshot of a home theater setup? I live in a one bedroom apartment so this is a limitation I have. Right now I'm running a server out of a mid ATX tower with just 6 drives and I want to scale up.

    Thanks for the videos! Subscribed now.

  58. @Sloth Tech TV – Do you know where you can buy additional HDD bays for the back of the case? They only seem to come with one, but I see you clearly have six? Are these on Amazon as well? I'm probably not looking in the right area… Thanks!

  59. Corsair 1000D: AMD 2950x Threadripper 32GB Ram, 6x10TB shucked drives (10TB Parity/50TB Usable), 2xGTX1080ti's SLI. GTX1050. This is my main gaming PC, video edit PC, Plex server, and NAS all in one. It's water-cooled with 4 x 480mm rads, 2 x D5 pumps. I have Windows 10 VM locked to the same cores as Game Mode (4-11 Cores), then have Plex Docker, Handbrake Auto Convert Dockers, OBS Docker, and Unraid on Cores 0-3 and 12-15. I game in Windows with the 8 Cores with similar results to 2700x, I stream with NDI from windows VM and OBS docker running on the remaining 8 cores, Then I have 2 versions of Handbrake running, 1 is set up to use all 16 Cores, 1 is set up to use 8 cores opposite of Win10 VM set up to auto-convert files to X265. I edit in Davinci Resolve and output in lossless output, which handbrake watches the folder and takes that file and converts it to x265 for me. Usually, I only use 8 cores for that, but occasionally ill stop the 8 core handbrake and open the 16 core to double my output. I store everything in x265. When the time comes I need to increase my storage capacity I plan to run a DAC off the remaining 2 PCIe x16 slots I have to run 16 x HHDS in a case somewhere near this PC, running it all off the main PC.

  60. What a future build for me would be low power consumption server, in fact an extremely low idle power consumption would be useful. I have limited need for transcoding but I would like to have more headroom or atleast compute capabilities for newer format and transcodes.

  61. That's a beautiful machine! Mine is nowhere near as good looking or powerful, but it does the job. It's a Ryzen 3 2200G machine. About 24TB of storage.

  62. My Plex server lives in Nuremburg, Germany. It is a simple Xeon 10 core cpu with 60 GB ram and 1000 MB upload/download symmetrical connection. I only have 1.6 TB on it and would like to double that space. Unfortunately I cannot on these VPS units. It costs me about $30 a month which is very cheap imo. I have about 9 peeps on that server and most use Direct play. 1 or 2 users transcode from time to time but my CPU doesnt blink at that. Overall I don't understand why anyone would want a PC at home with its limitations on internet speed/upload and the cost are expensive up front. I found something that works for me and my friends and we all enjoy movies and shows in the evening… 🙂 Contabo XL VPS is what I have if anyone is wondering.

  63. @Sloth Tech TV – I recently purchased a Tower 900 after reviewing several videos and forumns (including yours). However I was just notified by Thermaltake that the stackable HDD bays in the back are not sold seperately and need an RMA for a replacement…. How did you get additional bays? I don't want to start putting in 3rd-party bays in here…

  64. Really cool. However, I may have missed that energy point. What how much energy does your tower draw? I'm in a similar situation like your where (currently struggling with silencing a DL180 G6 server) and use a UPS. However, my equipment (include the HP server, 2 Synology NAS (for backup), 2 NUC and a bit network equipment draws around 350W. (I only use my HP server for storage and virtualization). UPS wise already this setup demands a better (clumpsy) UPS… What are your numbers?

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