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unRaid vs Windows

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i'd dare put down the blanket statement that you shouldnt use unraid if the machine's main purpose is not virtualization.

 

as for windows 10 being sufficient.. in a sense it'll be better to just run everything under windows, because you'll be able to allocate more resources to windows, resulting in better performance.

Currently, I have a Synology 5-bay and a 5-bay addon.  It's used to store documents, photos and media amounting to roughly 20TB.  Of the total storage, the important documents make up a much smaller amount and are routinely backed up off-site to a NAS at a family members house, Google drive and OneDrive.  I'm finding that the Synology is starting to struggle with Plex playback and general remote storage of transient files (4k video, desktop backups, etc).

 

I have a bunch of decent used parts laying around so I picked up a few rack mount server chassis and entertaining the idea of movie the media over to another server.  Benefits would be greater expand ability of storage and 10Gbe.  I also would like to use the server as a home theater gaming machine.  Have a few extra 1080 Ti's laying around which would be sufficient. 

 

So the question is, do I setup something like unRaid to segregate the storage systems from the OS or is Windows 10 sufficient for media streaming and gaming at the same time?  The server is comprised of a 2700X, 32GB ram, NVme SSD, WD Red 8TB drives and a 1080 Ti powered by a 1000w PSU.

Gaming - AMD TR 3970X | ASUS ROG Zenith Extreme II | G.SKILL Neo 3600 64GB | Zotac Nvidia 2080 Ti AMP | 2x Sabarent 1TB NVMe | Samsung 860 EVO 1TB SSD | Phanteks Enthoo 719 | Seasonic Prime Ultra Platinum 1000w | Corsair K70 RGB Lux | Corsiar M65 | 2x ASUS Rog PG279Q | BenQ EW3270U | Windows 10 Pro | EKWB Custom loop

ITX - Intel i7-10700k | Asus ROG Z490-I Gaming | G.SKILL TridentZ RGB 3200 32GB | EVGA 2080 Super| Samsung 970 Evo 1TB | Samsung 860 Evo 1TB SSD | NZXT H1| Windows 10 Pro

HTPC - Intel i9-9900k | Asus ROG Maximus XI Code | G.SKILL TridentZ RGB 3200 32GB | EVGA 1070 | Samsung 970 1TB | WD Blue 1TB SSD | NZXT H700  | EVGA G3 1000W | Corsair H150i | Windows 10 Pro

Servers - SuperMicro 846 | 2x 2695L V2 | 128GB | Chelsio 10Gbe | Chelsio 40Gbe | 24 x 6TB | FreeNas - SuperMicro 826 | 2 x 2695L | 128GB | Chelsio 10Gbe | Chelsio 40Gbe | 8 x 10TB | 847 24 x 1TB SSD | Windows Server 2019

Work - Dell XPS 15 9560 | i7-7700HQ | 32 GB RAM | 1TB NVMe | 4k dsiplay

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If you also want the system to be a gaming pc, id use windows, that would be much simpler than using vms and trying to get that working. Then use storage spaces to manage all the drives. windows 10 will work fine here.

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i'd dare put down the blanket statement that you shouldnt use unraid if the machine's main purpose is not virtualization.

 

as for windows 10 being sufficient.. in a sense it'll be better to just run everything under windows, because you'll be able to allocate more resources to windows, resulting in better performance.

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Thanks.  That is helpful.  For home VM I'm content with Hyper-V.  I have that running on a "VM" dedicated machine and it does what I need.

Gaming - AMD TR 3970X | ASUS ROG Zenith Extreme II | G.SKILL Neo 3600 64GB | Zotac Nvidia 2080 Ti AMP | 2x Sabarent 1TB NVMe | Samsung 860 EVO 1TB SSD | Phanteks Enthoo 719 | Seasonic Prime Ultra Platinum 1000w | Corsair K70 RGB Lux | Corsiar M65 | 2x ASUS Rog PG279Q | BenQ EW3270U | Windows 10 Pro | EKWB Custom loop

ITX - Intel i7-10700k | Asus ROG Z490-I Gaming | G.SKILL TridentZ RGB 3200 32GB | EVGA 2080 Super| Samsung 970 Evo 1TB | Samsung 860 Evo 1TB SSD | NZXT H1| Windows 10 Pro

HTPC - Intel i9-9900k | Asus ROG Maximus XI Code | G.SKILL TridentZ RGB 3200 32GB | EVGA 1070 | Samsung 970 1TB | WD Blue 1TB SSD | NZXT H700  | EVGA G3 1000W | Corsair H150i | Windows 10 Pro

Servers - SuperMicro 846 | 2x 2695L V2 | 128GB | Chelsio 10Gbe | Chelsio 40Gbe | 24 x 6TB | FreeNas - SuperMicro 826 | 2 x 2695L | 128GB | Chelsio 10Gbe | Chelsio 40Gbe | 8 x 10TB | 847 24 x 1TB SSD | Windows Server 2019

Work - Dell XPS 15 9560 | i7-7700HQ | 32 GB RAM | 1TB NVMe | 4k dsiplay

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