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If I salvage there new PSU and the CPU/Fan then my cost for a good setup shouldn't be as bad as buying a new plex server.

 

That being said I guess I will need to buy a win10 pro license. 

Is your system still giving you problems even after the PSU change or you just itching for some new gear?

If I salvage there new PSU and the CPU/Fan then my cost for a good setup shouldn't be as bad as buying a new plex server.

 

That being said I guess I will need to buy a win10 pro license. 

Is your system still giving you problems even after the PSU change or you just itching for some new gear?

Will this system host all your media and if yes how much storage do you have now?

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Look at the TS-451+ from QNAP.  I have the previous TS451 and love.  I have 5.5T of movies on it and is the repository for my plex server.  It will handle your time machine needs as well.     https

Is your system still giving you problems even after the PSU change or you just itching for some new gear?

Is your system still giving you problems even after the PSU change or you just itching for some new gear?

Will this system host all your media and if yes how much storage do you have now?

 

Yeah I had to reboot and it got stuck at POST (not sure why) I am not desiring to get new gear as I was planning on buying a 4 Bay NAS and would rather spend my money on that.

 

Currently the system hosts all my media on USB drives (yes I know everyone here is groaning now) I have a 5TB and a 4TB drive where I have ripped all my movies. I run a Plex Server on the box ( and really thats about all that box is ever used for ) 

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Yeah I had to reboot and it got stuck at POST (not sure why) I am not desiring to get new gear as I was planning on buying a 4 Bay NAS and would rather spend my money on that.

 

Currently the system hosts all my media on USB drives (yes I know everyone here is groaning now) I have a 5TB and a 4TB drive where I have ripped all my movies. I run a Plex Server on the box ( and really thats about all that box is ever used for ) 

I don't know if you wan't to keep trying to get to the bottom of your problem? just let me know when you want to quite. I would also say if we don't get to the bottom of this I would not try and salvage anything other then the new PSU and hard drives because we don't know what component is bad. So if your going to change the motherboard I would change the CPU/RAM as well.

 

I am running out of things to try but i do have a few more things we can try. If you got the system to boot we can try and stress test the CPU and memory and see what happens.

For the memory stress test you can download MemTest86, You create either a DVD/USB boot disc with it and let it run a few hours to see is memory checks out.

http://www.memtest86.com/download.htm

 

For the CPU stress test download Prime95 http://www.mersenne.org/download/

Prime95 tutorial https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qJx8NPjzOuA

Prime How-to by PCWorld http://www.pcworld.com/article/2028882/keep-it-stable-stupid-how-to-stress-test-your-pc-hardware.html

 

Did you get the system to POST?

Where there any peeps?

If yes what where they? That would be the error code.

Was there anything about the error displayed on the screen?

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I don't know if you wan't to keep trying to get to the bottom of your problem? just let me know when you want to quite. I would also say if we don't get to the bottom of this I would not try and salvage anything other then the new PSU and hard drives because we don't know what component is bad. So if your going to change the motherboard I would change the CPU/RAM as well.

 

I am running out of things to try but i do have a few more things we can try. If you got the system to boot we can try and stress test the CPU and memory and see what happens.

For the memory stress test you can download MemTest86, You create either a DVD/USB boot disc with it and let it run a few hours to see is memory checks out.

http://www.memtest86.com/download.htm

 

For the CPU stress test download Prime95 http://www.mersenne.org/download/

Prime95 tutorial https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qJx8NPjzOuA

Prime How-to by PCWorld http://www.pcworld.com/article/2028882/keep-it-stable-stupid-how-to-stress-test-your-pc-hardware.html

 

Did you get the system to POST?

Where there any peeps?

If yes what where they? That would be the error code.

Was there anything about the error displayed on the screen?

 

There were no beeps but when I rebooted it posted and started up.

 

Thats the problem with a server room.... No one is there to hear you scream.

 

I will run the tests... although I have been moving files for over 20 hours and haven't had any issues...

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There were no beeps but when I rebooted it posted and started up.

 

Thats the problem with a server room.... No one is there to hear you scream.

 

I will run the tests... although I have been moving files for over 20 hours and haven't had any issues...

 I am starting to think I should just start from scratch.... What would you suggest at the same performance point trying to stay relatively inexpensive. Not going to probably be able to do this until later in the fall.

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 I am starting to think I should just start from scratch.... What would you suggest at the same performance point trying to stay relatively inexpensive. Not going to probably be able to do this until later in the fall.

1. May I ask first y you think you need a Core i5?

2. You may off covered this already but do you need Plex to do any real-time trans-coding and if yes how many devices are we talking about?

3. Are we talking full BD rips or just DVD's

 

I am jumping the gun here but have a look at the new Synology DS-916+ Its got a faster CPU then the DS-716+ and there are reports that people are able to run the Plex server on the DS-716+ and have multiple streams with real-time trans-coding. The DS-916+ has a Intel Pentium quad core N3710.

 

https://www.synology.com/en-us/products/DS916+#overview

 

https://www.amazon.com/Synology-DiskStation-DS916-2GB-Diskless/dp/B01EMSGNCY/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1470010828&sr=8-2&keywords=Synology+NAS+DiskStation+DS916%2B

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I really want a box instead of just a NAS. I just prefer having a PC I might want to run some VMs in the future.

If an i3 will transcode 3 streams and have enough overhead then I would consider that. I only do 2 now.. but I figure its better if I have some additional overhead.

I am really exceeding my element here. I just threw my old box box together as a HTPC and repurposed it for a plex server.

 

My BD rips are in 2 categories... ones I dropped to a reasonable level  (14-18Mbps) and then the ones I have at 1:1 rip.

 

I was previously looking at an i5-3570k it has a passmark about 25-30% higher than the nest i3.

 

But if thats not what I should nee looking at let me know.

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Just was looking at a review of the i3-6320. Only 2 cores but a pass mark just a few hundred below my i5-2500k.

 

Just wonder if it's worth an extra 100 for a big power increase.

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Just was looking at a review of the i3-6320. Only 2 cores but a pass mark just a few hundred below my i5-2500k.

 

Just wonder if it's worth an extra 100 for a big power increase.

Good morning,

 

1st I have asked the mods to consider moving your thread to the 'builders forum' where I think you would be better served from the folks that watch that forum. You have done nothing wrong its just you started out looking for advice to replace your HTPC with a NAS/Shield and it has gone off topic now looking for advice to build a system to run Plex and possibly to host some VM's, Ect.

 

To answer your question based on what I know so far that you want to use the system for don't use a dual core use a quad core, The price difference from what you found to the core i5 is only 42.00 and it has about 1000 Passmark score higher and is lower power then your old core i5. Plex loves cores and will use them well. You also said you may want to setup some VM's down the road so don't cut yourself short here. Here is the i5 I found-

 

Your old i5 PassMark Score http://www.cpubenchmark.net/cpu.php?cpu=Intel+Core+i5-3570K+%40+3.40GHz&id=828

 

i3 PassMark Score http://www.cpubenchmark.net/cpu.php?cpu=Intel+Core+i3-6320+%40+3.90GHz

i5 PassMark Score https://www.cpubenchmark.net/cpu.php?cpu=Intel+Core+i5-6500+%40+3.20GHz

 

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Core i3 https://www.amazon.com/Intel-i3-6320-Processor-FC-LGA14C-BX80662I36320/dp/B015VPX48I/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1470056170&sr=8-1&keywords=Core+i3-6320

 

Core i5 https://www.amazon.com/Intel-I5-6500-FC-LGA14C-Processor-BX80662I56500/dp/B010T6CWI2/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1470056059&sr=8-1&keywords=Core+I5-6500

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Server Watch Update day ummm ( a bunch ) - its STILL UP. So I think I will be keeping it, getting a card for hardware raid (assuming thats recommended for protecting a media library) 

 

What type of raid is recommended for media back up (5?)

 

Also i can't find the thread dealing with whats the recommended raid card ( is there a good one under 200 of HW raid)

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