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Advice on Media/Plex Server

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I've had a HTPC (i5, 16gb RAM) and the mobo finally died so I'm trying to put together a media server that can server dual purpose as Plex/Kodi media server and also a repo for my music and pictures.

Here are my requirements

- Powerful enough to be able to transcode 4K mkvs (if needed, I will be using Sheild/Xbone X, so it should play directly)

- Download/index new media

- Serve content to connected devices around the house

- Budget < $500 (not including the drives)

- FreeNas or UnRaid (not sure about this one yet) or just plain Windows (that's what I've been using)

I am looking at LGA 2011-V3 processors but not sure which one would be good. Similarly SuperMicro boards seem to be going for good prices but having never built a server before not sure about the specs. As for the case, I and looking at Rosewill 4u server chassis or similarly spec tower case (so that i can fit it in smaller space).

Another thought was to just get the mobo replaced but it looks like LGA1155 socket is too old and there aren't many mobo options available so I might as well just get new mobo/processor and use the same HTPC as before.


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