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NAS and streaming PC?

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Posted · Original PosterOP

Here are my current PC specs

 

CPU: 4790K (OC'd to 4.5 GHz)

CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-U12S

GPU: EVGA GTX 980 SC

RAM: 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR3 2133 MHZ

Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z97X-Gaming 7

SSD: Samsung 970 EVO Plus 1TB

PSU: Thermaltake TR2 600W (My EVGA fully modular PSU died on me like 6 months ago)

 

If I were to build a new gaming PC, how good would my current hardware (with additional drives) be if I converted it into a NAS for media storage and a PLEX server using UNRAID? Also in addition to that would setting up a Windows VM to live stream to twitch or mixer be possible?

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Would be seriously overkill for a NAS/PLEX server.  PLEX runs on a Armitron watch from 1980.


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Plex : Ryzen 5 1600 (stock) - Gigabyte B450M-DS3H - G. Skill Ripjaws V 8GB 2400Mhz - GeForce 8800GTS 640MB - 840 EVO 256GB + Toshiba P300 3TB - TP-Link AC1900 PCIe Wifi - Cooler Master MasterWatt Lite 500 - Antec Nine Hundred - Dell 19" 4:3

 

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Posted · Original PosterOP
Just now, jstudrawa said:

Would be seriously overkill for a NAS/PLEX server.  PLEX runs on a Armitron watch from 1980.

I'm new to NASs so thanks for your reply! So running that VM should theoretically be no problem?

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8 minutes ago, nathanAjacobs said:

PLEX server using

What plex needs depends on resoltuion of content and if your transcoding or not. Transcodning is what requires the power. Doing directly play generally requries about nothing. Plex can run on an Atom CPU as long as your not transcoding. 


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Posted · Original PosterOP
7 minutes ago, Donut417 said:

 

What plex needs depends on resoltuion of content and if your transcoding or not. Transcodning is what requires the power. Doing directly play generally requries about nothing. Plex can run on an Atom CPU as long as your not transcoding. 

I see, so let's say I was going transcode. Would running a VM to live stream with OBS on the same system even be doable or worth it? Or would they kind of fight each other for network traffic and hardware performance?

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8 hours ago, nathanAjacobs said:

I see, so let's say I was going transcode. Would running a VM to live stream with OBS on the same system even be doable or worth it? Or would they kind of fight each other for network traffic and hardware performance?

I dont do game streaming so I couldnt tell you. Plex shouldnt use a lot of network resources, well at least if its not 4K content. But it comes down to how many streams at a time. One stream without transcoding shouldnt use that much power or network resources. Multiple streams will use more. For example Ive read full quality 4K content can use over 100 Mbps link speed on the network. 


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"...Seriously overkill..." is an understatement in this use case. A NAS doesn't use much in the way of resources and like was said, unless you are trying to transcode 4K (which is just a bad idea) you could still easily do Twitch transcoding while watching a Plex stream. Plex is not very top heavy.

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