Hardware requirement for home made PLEX server

I have a older pc I built in 2014 for a NAS running win 7 then upgraded to win 10. just runs plex for windows headless. 1gbe cat 7 cable, 4tb NAS Seagate drives in raid 0. its been a good server for me but ever since going to win 10 home the file transfer from pc to server and vice versa has not worked at all. as well the old amd Athlon 5350 is showing its age. inability to transcode anything above SD quality requires a lot more user end knowledge than most of my family has.

I will likely build some new hardware into the box to fix the transcoding issues, however I still am not sure windows 10 (even if I get pro this time) will be my best option for a headless OS. I need somthing that can file transfer seamless but not cost me much in software license. im working on a budget for this file server and don’t need to spend for fancy features in a NAS os. Im not a fan of Linux mostly due to poor experiences with the community in the past and low hardware support for special functions like VCE decoding on my amd hardware… What do you suggest? Am I on the right path to just put win 10 pro in for the new hardware next time?

The OS will not change the performance. But you can get a Pro version cheaper if you look for OEM version: https://www.kinguin.net/category/19429/windows-10-professional-oem-key
But most important factor is hardware. You will need something with Celeron CPU at least J3355 (UK,   USA ) or J3455. But preferably Pentium or Intel core i with GPU built in.

You will also notice that it is cheaper to buy a pre-built NUC PC rather then getting all components one buy one. Look for Intel NUC or other brand mini PC and you will notice that OS often included free of charge.

Just keep an eye on CPU. It must come with graphics engine built in. Here is some list:

 

CPU PLEX transcode Base Max GPU
Intel Celeron J1800 dual-core 2.41 GHz 1025 720p 688 MHz 792 MHz
Intel® HD Graphics for Intel Atom® Processor Z3700 Series
Intel Celeron J3355 2.0GHz (2.5GHz burst) 1313 720p 250 700
Intel® HD Graphics 500
Intel® Celeron® J4005 dual-core 2.0 GHz processor (burst up to 2.7 GHz) 1552 720p 250 700
Intel® UHD Graphics 600
Intel® Celeron N3160 1.6GHz burst up to 2.08gHz Quad Core 1599 720p 320 640
Celeron Quad Core 1.6GHz (burst up to 2.24GHz) 1670 720p 320 640
Intel Celeron N3150 1.6GHz burst up to 2.08GHz Quad Core 1690 720p 320 640
Intel® HD Graphics for Intel® Celeron® Processor N3000 Series
Intel Celeron N3160 1.6GHz Quad Core 1701 720p 320 640
Intel® Celeron N3450 1.1GHz Burst to 2.2GHz Quad Core 1793 720p 200 700
Intel® HD Graphics 500
Intel Celeron J1900 (Quad Core) 1.5GHz 1862 720p 688 854
Intel® HD Graphics for Intel Atom® Processor Z3700 Series
Intel Pentium N3710 1.6 GHz (Burst speed up to 2.56 GHz) 1870 720p 400 700
Intel® Celeron®J1900 Quad-Core SoC 1879 720p 688 854
Intel® HD Graphics for Intel Atom® Processor Z3700 Series
Intel Celeron 3865U dual-core 1.8 GHz 1978 720p 300 900
Intel® HD Graphics 610
Intel Celeron J3455 Quad Core 1.5 GHz (up to 2.3 GHz) 2132 1080p 250 750
Intel® HD Graphics 500
Intel Celeron J4105 quad-core 1.5GHz, burst up to 2.5GHz 2641 1080p 250 750
Intel® UHD Graphics 600
Intel® Pentium G850 (2.9GHz Dual Core) 2671 1080p 850 1.10 GHz
Intel® HD Graphics for 2nd Generation Intel® Processors
Intel® Celeron® J4115 quad-core 1.8 GHz processor (burst up to 2.5 GHz) 2800 1080p 250 750
Intel® UHD Graphics 600
Intel Celeron J4125 Quad Core 2.0 GHz (burst up to 2.7 GHz) 2912 1080p 250 750
Intel® UHD Graphics 600
Intel® Celeron 2.9GHz Dual-Core G3930 3000 1080p 350 1.05 GHz
Intel® HD Graphics 610
Dual-Core Intel® Pentium® G4400 3.3 GHz 3680 1080p 350 1.00 GHz
Intel® HD Graphics 510
Intel Celeron 3865U processor 1.8GHz x2 3800 1080p 300 900
Intel® HD Graphics 610
Intel® Core i3 2120 3.3GHz 3880 1080p 850 MHz 1.10 GHz
Intel® HD Graphics 2000
Intel Pentium G5400T 3.1GHz 2-core 5048 low 4K 350 1.05
Intel® UHD Graphics 610
Intel® Core i3-4300 3.5GHz Dual-Core 5086 low 4K 350 1.15
Intel® HD Graphics 4600
Intel i3-4330 Dual Core 3.5GHz 5089 low 4K 350 1.15
Intel® HD Graphics 4600
Intel® Core™ i3-4170 Processor (3M Cache, 3.70 GHz) 5134 low 4K 350 1.15
Intel® HD Graphics 4400
Intel Skylake Core-i3 6100 3.7GHz Dual Core 5413 low 4K 350 1.05
Intel® HD Graphics 530
Intel® i3 Dual-Core 3.9GHz i3-7100 5500 low 4K 350 1.1
Intel® HD Graphics 630
Intel Core i5-6442EQ 1.9GHz Quad-core i5-6442EQ 6000 low 4K 350 350
Intel® HD Graphics 530
Intel i3-10110U 6026 low 4K 300 1
Intel® UHD Graphics
Intel® Core i5 2.7GHz Quad-Core (maximum 3.3GHz) 6700 low 4K 350 950
Intel® HD Graphics 530
Intel® Core i5 3.0GHz Quad-Core 7000 low 4K 850 1.1
Intel® HD Graphics 2000
Intel® CoreTM i3-8100T Quad Core 3.1 GHz 7475 low 4K 350 1.1
Intel® UHD Graphics 630
Intel® Core™ i5-7500 3.4 GHz quad-core 7807 low 4K 350 1.1
Intel® HD Graphics 630
Intel Coffee Lake i3-8100 3.6GHz 8043 low 4K 350 1.1
Intel® UHD Graphics 630
Intel Core i7-6700HQ Quad Core 2.6 GHz 8136 low 4K 350 1.05
Intel® HD Graphics 530
Intel i5-10210U 8770 low 4K 300 1.1
Intel® UHD Graphics
Intel® CoreTM i5-8400T six-core 1.7 GHz 9659 4K 350 1.05
Intel® UHD Graphics 630
Intel i7-8705G 9882 4K 350 1.1
Intel® HD Graphics 630
Intel Core i5-7267U CPU 3.1GHz x2 10000 4K 300 1.05 GHz
Intel® Iris® Plus Graphics 650
NEW: Quad-core Intel i7-7700 3.6 GHz / OLD: i7-6700 10000 4K 350 1.15
Intel® HD Graphics 630
Intel i7-8809G 10900 4K 350 1.1
Intel® HD Graphics 630
Intel Core i5-8500 3.0GHz Six-core 11916 4K 350 1.1
Intel® UHD Graphics 630
Intel Core i7-7567U CPU 3.5GHz x2 13000 4K 300 1.15
Intel® Iris® Plus Graphics 650
Intel i7-10710U 13244 4K 300 1.15
Intel® UHD Graphics

 

SD 720P PLEX PC

HD/ FHD 1080p PLEX PC

 

4K PLEX PC

I hope this helps.

 

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