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How to build your own sever?

2 minutes ago, Emmien said:

Once again, Internet speed makes no difference.

I wrote that post before i saw your post.

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1 minute ago, Rayan_47 said:

I wrote that post before i saw your post.

 

The OP does want to stream from the Internet. That makes me question why the OP feels the need for a server.

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1 minute ago, Emmien said:

 

The OP does want to stream from the Internet. That makes me question why the OP feels the need for a server.

I'm sorry, I meant sharing content from device to device without wired connection. 

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4 minutes ago, RyBradLax said:

I'm sorry, I meant sharing content from device to device without wired connection. 

Ah. Ok.

 

Where do you want the content to come from? A device on your network or the Internet (YouTube, NetFlix)

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Just now, Emmien said:

Ah. Ok.

 

Where do you want the content to come from? A device on your network or the Internet (YouTube, NetFlix)

A device on my network, like if I download a movie I want to be able to view it from my phone, PC, laptop, while also having NAS for a shared file system. 

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17 minutes ago, RyBradLax said:

A device on my network, like if I download a movie I want to be able to view it from my phone, PC, laptop, while also having NAS for a shared file system. 

Ok.

 

Where will you be downloading movies from?

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2 minutes ago, Emmien said:

Ok.

 

Where will you be downloading movies from?

I could be using platforms such as iTunes to buy and download a movie, or resort to other means if you catch my drift. 

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It depends on how many devices you'll be using simultaneously. But if you're only going to stream/transcode to one device at a time, a fairly low powered computer should work.

 

If you are going to transcode, you're going to need a somewhat beefier CPU (as previously mentioned, if a device doesn't support the file format/codec/bitrate etc, the streaming software will have to transcode the file to make it playable on that device). I recommend using Plex for streaming as it will get meta data (cover art and information etc) automatically for you and works on most devices out there. It is completely free to use (You can purchase a Plex Pass to get extra features such as trailers for your movies, and their mobile apps has a one time fee) https://www.plex.tv/

 

Their recommendation is a cpu of at least 2000 passmark score to transcode one 1080p for streaming (source: https://support.plex.tv/hc/en-us/articles/201774043-What-kind-of-CPU-do-I-need-for-my-Server-).

If you're unsure if you're going to need transcoding, you can freely download and use the Plex Server software (windows program) on your computer now just to test if your files will need transcoding to whatever devices you may want to watch content on (phone, console, webbrowser etc). If they need transcoding, you may want to consider a pc with a CPU with a passmark of at least 2000 to handle it. It's possible to pre-transcode content with Plex. Which means that it doesn't have to transcode as you're watching but can transcode it during the night for example and then be able to directly stream the content to your device that needs it as it has transcoded copy of the file.

 

I put together a computer that should work for you if you need transcoding. But please only consider this an example, there may be things you want to consider changing before purchasing. http://pcpartpicker.com/list/FqkJwV

 

The CPU in the list has a passmark score of about 3500 (http://www.cpubenchmark.net/cpu.php?cpu=Intel+Pentium+G3470+%40+3.60GHz)

You should do some research before though of course, and don't forget to buy an operating system (or use linux for free).

Spoiler

System:

i5 3570k @ 4.4 GHz, MSI Z77A-G43, Dominator Platinum 1600MHz 16GB (2x8GB), EVGA GTX 980ti 6GB, CM HAF XM, Samsung 850 Pro 256GB + Some WD Red HDD, Corsair RM850 80+ Gold, Asus Xonar Essence STX, Windows 10 Pro 64bit

PCPP:

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/znZqcf

 

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17 hours ago, lubblig said:

It depends on how many devices you'll be using simultaneously. But if you're only going to stream/transcode to one device at a time, a fairly low powered computer should work.

 

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I put together a computer that should work for you if you need transcoding. But please only consider this an example, there may be things you want to consider changing before purchasing. http://pcpartpicker.com/list/FqkJwV

 

The CPU in the list has a passmark score of about 3500 (http://www.cpubenchmark.net/cpu.php?cpu=Intel+Pentium+G3470+%40+3.60GHz)

You should do some research before though of course, and don't forget to buy an operating system (or use linux for free).

Before I got a really good deal on my Lenovo box, I was going to piece something together based on an intel avoton chip (my main focus was super-low power usage), and came to similar results as far as price.  I was pretty easily able to stay in the same price range if traded power consumption for cpu performance, and vice-versa.

 

Ended up getting a TS130 without drives for too cheap to pass up, and so far am more than happy with the i3.  It'll use way more power than the atom box, but I came out around US$180 up and running, and it's still a huge improvement in power consumption over my phenomII rig with no loss in capability for my usage.

 

My suggestion would be to look for a cheap tower microserver with your processor of choice, boot from a tiny SSD, and stick as many drives in it as you can.

SFF-ish:  Ryzen 5 1600X, Asrock AB350M Pro4, 16GB Corsair LPX 3200, Sapphire R9 Fury Nitro -75mV, 512gb Plextor Nvme m.2, 512gb Sandisk SATA m.2, Cryorig H7, stuffed into an Inwin 301 with rgb front panel mod.  LG27UD58.

 

Aging Workhorse:  Phenom II X6 1090T Black (4GHz #Yolo), 16GB Corsair XMS 1333, RX 470 Red Devil 4gb (Sold for $330 to Cryptominers), HD6850 1gb, Hilariously overkill Asus Crosshair V, 240gb Sandisk SSD Plus, 4TB's worth of mechanical drives, and a bunch of water/glycol.  Coming soon:  Bykski CPU block, whatever cheap Polaris 10 GPU I can get once miners start unloading them.

 

MintyFreshMedia:  Thinkserver TS130 with i3-3220, 4gb ecc ram, 120GB Toshiba/OCZ SSD booting Linux Mint XFCE, 2TB Hitachi Ultrastar.  In Progress:  3D printed drive mounts, 4 2TB ultrastars in RAID 5.

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