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11 hours ago, Donut417 said:

AMD GPUs won’t do hardware transcoding period. So any low end GPU will work. You may want to research how many transcodes that CPU can do. Because you needed 6. I’d imagine you will be OK but I haven’t looked at the Benchmark data compared to what Plex needs for each transcode. 

 

AMD GPU's including Radeon & Vega / Integrated Vega graphics work on Windows, via the dxva2 API. 

So technically the OP could get a Radeon card, or more useful, could use a G series Ryzen like the 3400G to enable hardware acceleration. 

 

9 hours ago, lemoine7576 said:

Passmark says this cpu is a little above 1700. Okay ill do some research on gpu. Any suggestions on a power supply?

If you get a Plex Pass, or Emby Premiere and do hardware transcoding, then the passmark score of your CPU is largely irrelevant.

Stick with a CPU with integrated graphics and use hardware to do the transcoding. Intel i3 9100 or Ryzen 3200G can easily do what you want, without a discrete GPU and considerably less power. 

 

What PSU you get depends on if you go integrated graphics or discrete GPU, and what case you go for.

Really you need to decide how many drives you want, and what sort of form factor. From there you can work out what cooler & PSU you need. 

 

In my living rooms i have an i3-7100 with a Z270 in a RVZ02, and an i3-8100 with a B360 in a Node 202.

They both have Noctua L9x65 coolers, NVMe boot drive, Silverstone SFX PSUs and space for 2 x 3.5" hard disks (one of them has a GTX1070 instead). 

Theyre both easily capable of a dozen transcoded streams if they were Plex servers, using QuickSync (ones a Steam Gaming machine, the other is a Kodi Media Center)

 

Just pointing out you don't need such an expensive CPU and discrete graphics, and by eliminating these you can easily create a compact efficient solution if you use some high capacity disks. 

 

My Plex server does run on one of my servers with a Ryzen 3950x, but it only has 2 CPU cores & 4GB memory assigned, the GTX1070 does all the lifting and can easily do over 20 x 1080p transcoded streams. Most of the CPU & Memory assigned to my Plex VM is for the other ~12 applications I have running on there as well. 

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1 hour ago, lemoine7576 said:

I was using that for the boot the 6tb hard drive is for the media files

Yeah, but it’s a Plex server. It’s not your daily driver. 

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That looks pretty good. 

Since you're using a tower case i'd get a bigger cooler like the Noctua NH-D9L or something

You could also cut the memory in half, 8GB would be plenty


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just order my parts waiting on them to com in now ill post a picture once I have it built. thank you to all of you that helped with the recommendations it is greatly appreciated. 

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The i3-9100 is going to be marginal unless you are using some form of hardware accelerated transcoding.  It doesn't have enough raw cpu power to transcode more than 6-7 streams on its own, and you can forget 4k transcoding.

 

Plex should run the database off the SSD. It will be more responsive when browsing the library.

 

The actual media can be left on the spinning rust, you don't need anything more than what a single drive can deliver.

 

RAM usage is also very low for Plex.  Plex heavily depends on CPU power for transcoding, but doesn't really care about Disk IO or RAM when transcoding. 


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1 hour ago, Thirdgen89GTA said:

The i3-9100 is going to be marginal unless you are using some form of hardware accelerated transcoding.  It doesn't have enough raw cpu power to transcode more than 6-7 streams on its own, and you can forget 4k transcoding.

 

Plex should run the database off the SSD. It will be more responsive when browsing the library.

 

The actual media can be left on the spinning rust, you don't need anything more than what a single drive can deliver.

 

RAM usage is also very low for Plex.  Plex heavily depends on CPU power for transcoding, but doesn't really care about Disk IO or RAM when transcoding. 

 

the CPU will perform just fine, hes going to use QuickSync for transcoding which that CPU with QuickSync can handle more than enough. 


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20 hours ago, Jarsky said:

 

the CPU will perform just fine, hes going to use QuickSync for transcoding which that CPU with QuickSync can handle more than enough. 

Thanks for that tip by the way cause I was saying the same thing till you had explained about quick sync. Most of my parts will be here by Friday so I might have it all done by this coming week.🤞🤞🤞🤞🤞

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