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    Asus X99 E WS
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    EVGA GTX Titan X SC in SLI
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  1. Dual Epyc 7601 Multi - 6873 Single - 108 OpenGL - no score (poor quality screen shot over rdp)
  2. You'll almost certainly need to add a GPU, the Aspeed AST2400 BMC provides vga but won't handle much graphically. The processor itself is fine.
  3. which ever DNS you choose, put a pi-hole between you and that provider.
  4. If this is for plex then get a chip that supports quicksync. 6700t / 7700t (8700t when available). ASRock H270M-ITX/ac - $100 7700T - $300 Corsair LPX 3000mhz 16GB kit - $200 (pick whichever ram you want) This would serve Plex much better than an E3 xeon.
  5. Finding an x86 NAS in that price range won't be easy and most likely will need to be sourced from the used market. ARM based appliances are likely to not support smooth transcoding, if any at all.
  6. I don't see how backing up pictures and MP3s are worth $500 in hardware when there are simpler, cheaper, and safer solutions available.
  7. Slim ODD power is plenty for an SSD. It would be wiser to replace the ODD with a slim odd to 2.5" sata drive adapter though.
  8. Compute is no better than what he currently has and it wouldn't be an ideal solution for someone looking at a storage solution. You're limited to 8x 2.5 or 4x 3.5 drives.
  9. R410 and R710 are ancient. He also doesn't want to buy used. The Silver 4108 isn't bad but the base clock is slow (the 6700k offers higher compute capability). Check out the Xeon-D 2100 series chips, may or may not be up your alley. *edit* the passmark score I looked at for the 4108 was referencing a dual socket setup, so I bolded my correction.
  10. First off, what's the use case? (what will the server be handling besides Server 2016)
  11. For roughly 1TB of data, I would recommend Amazon Drive. Pictures are stored for free and 1TB is ~$60/yea. Regarding RAID, you should always consider RAID6 over RAID5 due to the likely chance of losing another disk during a rebuild.
  12. I had that exact NUC model in the past, mounted to the underside of my garage workbench. It handled basic tasks in Windows 10 but it always felt a bit sluggish (even with an SSD), so I would comfortably say that performance with a VM running within Windows will be sub par.
  13. Non-raid SAS cards = HBA (host bus adapter) E5-2687W v2 would be better CPU, but not a comparison for cost. If you have a lot of H265 content then it may be more beneficial to run a more current generation processor with QuickSync support. Dual home cases exist but the premium usually outweighs the benefits (the money would be better spent on 2687w cpus IMO).
  14. Replace the fans in the front of the case with ones that offer much higher CFM (probably going to need something in the 100+ range). Or, just go straight to the solution with 240cfm deltas...but buy ear plugs. https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835213001 Doing it with air means it's going to be loud.