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How to Build a 100TB Home Media Server

For those of you who are looking to access your media/Plex (free software for your computer that lets you stream your local movie or music files) Whether you're watching from a laptop downstairs or from a smartphone in another city, or outside of your network there are definitely a lot of different options. Most people usually opt for a NAS (network-attached storage) device like a Synology DS1618+:

These devices are good as stand-alone network storage device which make it really easy to setup. This devices are designed to be running 24/7 and can be tucked away out of sight out of mind. This all being said what if you wanted to build your own media center, server or NAS - what would be the benefits? After taking a look at Plex support page it was apparent a lot of these NAS devices are low performing and can buckle if you have several users accessing it at one time especially if any kind of data trans-coding is needed. " Running a Plex Media Server on a NAS device is a popular option as it allows for an all-in-one device that not only runs the server but also stores lots of content. However, most NAS devices have some limitations when it comes to running a Plex Media Server, so it may not be the best choice for everyone. " - Plex support.


Virtually every Plex App will need content to be transcoded at least some of the time. Examples of why content might be transcoded:


The content is not perfectly compatible with the streaming device (file type, resolution, bitrate, codec, etc.) when streaming to a mobile phone, tablet, or other devices. A subtitle needs to be burned into the video for display.

If the content is of higher quality than what the Plex App requests (for instance, remote or shared access)

Transcoding can be a very CPU intensive process in many cases. Many processors used in NAS are not capable of good performance in situations where transcoding is required. This was the main reason I started looking into building my own setup. In this article, I will show you how to start your own home media center starting at $582 USD! View the Plex Nas Compatibility chat click here


Motherboard


Gigabyte X570 Aorus AMD AM4 mITX $220

Budget suggestion: Gigabyte B450I Aorus Pro Wifi AMD AM4 mini-ITX $120

Notes: most of these boards come with 4 x SATA ports, will need a PCI SATA expansion for the additional 2 drives


CPU


AMD Ryzen 5 3400G 3.7 GHz Quad-Core $140

Notes: great budget CPU/APU with built-in graphics.

Hard Drive/Boot Drive