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  • labguytoddlabguytodd Posts: 135Members, Plex Pass Plex Pass
    Slava Ukraine!
  • johnod1983johnod1983 Posts: 37Members, Plex Pass Plex Pass

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    My PMS setup:

    Top box:

    Core i7

    16Gb RAMM

    Windows Server 2012

    NAS: 

    Synology DS1814+

    6x4TB

    UPS

    Cyberpower CP1350PFCLCD

    The LanBoy case is my Gaming Computer 

  • michrechmichrech Posts: 1Members

    I don't have any pictures of my setup, and it's a WIP (as many of us can probably relate to), however:

    The 'heart' consists of an HP Z800 with:
    -2x Xeon X5677
    -32GB DDR3 (8 4GB DDR3)
    -3 240GB SSD (primary datastore)
    -4 1TB HDD (my current storage pool)

    The Z800 host OS is ESXi 6.0. It houses three VM's that run 24/7.
    -VM1 -- my "IRC" server (it has smuxi-server running)
    =2vCPU, 2GB RAM, 40GB vHDD, Windows 7 (this server previously also ran a Synchronet BBS)

    -VM2 -- my "gaming" system
    =4vCPU, 6GB RAM, 160GB vHDD, Windows 8.1
    =This system also has a Radeon 6970 and a pair of USB ports attached via "pcipassthrough". I use a USB<->Cat5 extension, and RapidRun part #'s : 42419, 42422, 42405. These connect to a Dell 24" 16:10 monitor mounted on a wall in a corner of my living room. This is where I game / do 'general' computing stuff

    -VM3 -- WHS2011, PMS, Sonarr, sabnzbd
    =4vCPU, 4GB RAM, 160GB vHDD, WHS2011
    =This system has a dual port USB3 controller and an Intel 82801J1 6 port SATA HBA attached via "pcipassthrough".
    =I use StableBit Drivepool for my storage pool. I wanted the functionality of a Drobo, but not the price of a drobo.

    Other than my laptop, which sees hardly any use, there are no other computers in my house (that are put together / active -- I need to get all that crap sold off!)


    My livingroom TV is a 40" Samsung LCD TV. It has a Onkyo TX-SR507 receiver, two Polk R50's for the front R/L, a Polk CS20 center, and two Cambridge Soundworks 6.5" in-wall speakers for the rear.

    My bedroom TV is a 42" Vizio LCD TV. I have another Onkyo receiver (and older model) with a couple Awia bookshelf speakers (came with a "bookshelf stereo", but the stereo part was stolen quite some time ago).

    In the livingroom, I'm currently using an Amazon FireTV Stick for Plex / Sling / Netflix, and I am not happy with it for Plex use. I want to switch to something like the Intel Compute Stick, but I can't find ANY info on how well it works for PHT, especially when it comes to passing DD/DTS along to my receiver.

    In the bedroom, since that TV is rarely ever used (usually for an hour, or so, each night while I'm winding down for bed), I have a Chromecast. I moved the Chromecast in there because it can not handle 1080p content without overheating (which causes it to pause every few seconds, after a second (or two) of video playback). Since I only ever watch TV shows in there, and those are generally 720p, it fits that space perfectly.

    I also occasionally stream to my Samsung Note 10.1 (2014 edition), or to my laptop, when I'm traveling, but since I have a 400GB monthly bandwidth cap, and a tiny 5mbit upstream, I don't share the server with anyone.

  • StephRSStephRS Posts: 50Members ✭✭

    I've upgraded my living room since I've moved to Delft. Still got the Samsung 40" TV, thinking of replacement in early 2016 though, perhaps someone got ideas?

    What's new:

    • Yamaha RX-V479
    • Dali Zensor 1 (4x surround)
    • Dali Zensor Vokal (center)

    Now it's time for cable management and such ...

    enjoying PLEX

  • - Admin- Admin Posts: 575Members, Plex Pass Plex Pass
    edited January 2016

    Upgrade to a 75 inch 4k Samsung UA75JU7000W - Very happy

  • bryanfryebryanfrye Posts: 1Members, Plex Pass Plex Pass


    And I thought mine was overkill...

    Server setup right now is a HP DL580 G5, 4x 77xx Xeon, 128gb ram running esxi 6 and vcenter goodies. PMS VM is 8 cores and 16gb ram setup and I've streamed up to 8 or 9 devices in house plus 12 friends connected and never a stutter. Storage is a supermicro something 15x 2tb ZFS for about 22tb usable storage. Each has 4x 1gb ethernet lacp port channels through the cisco switch.

    Living room is Samsung 65" plasma wired, kids room 55" samsung lcd. Have vizio 32" in the bedroom with firetv stick. Also have an older 720p projector on a pole behind the hot tub with another firetv stick and 4x bose powered outdoor speakers.

    Just got permission from the wife to rebuild the garage into a proper mancave... so been amazoning and ebaying like crazy for a new projector, server rack, 4x 18" subs, bose in-wall x7 and I'll repurposes the older rackmount white-box in the pic above as the player. Not the prettiest of pictures because i was trying to visualize how everything would fit before I started the project, but I've been yanking those shelves down over the last 2 weeks and insulating/drywalling the whole garage. Will have 2 arcades, server rack, pinball and an old 50's coke machine converted to working beer fridge on the back wall with the 12-15
    ' wide screen above it (fun 12' garage ceilings). Also repurposing 3x older 40" tv's with more firesticks for streaming live games while the projector shows redzone with a couple 22" monitors for scoreboards in the corners.

    Really please ignore the mess. It's taken a year for me to get the wife to finally go through all of the boxes on those shelves we've moved from house to house over the last 10yrs and now that almost all of them are empty those shelves are gone, server rack build in progress and there will be cabinet storage above the arcades that the projector will shine on. Don't really care that's it's not movie theater quality because well, it is a garage and 90% of the watching on it will be a dozen or so guys screaming at football while sloshing beer all over the floor... so...

  • ZshlomiA4ZshlomiA4 Posts: 4Members, Plex Pass Plex Pass
    edited January 4

    Nearly embarrassed to write my setup...
    1 Hyper-V server that runs a PMS (2012 R2 Core for OS) which has 16 cores, 2.9Ghz on a dedicated SSD Samsung PRO 250 GB (VM is blazing fast).
    2, 6 TB WD Black in RAID 0 (backup through crashplan), effective 10.9 TB of storage. (network is all CAT 6 and Gigabite wireless)
    capable of serving up to 8 local and external connections

    Edit:
    moved to Esxi 6.5 Setup instead of Hyper-V.
    PMS VM'S is still blazing fast with shutting down and starting in less than 30 seconds, as expected from a
    6 GB DDR 3 RAM
    Dedicated SSD Samsung PRO 250 GB
    16 cores for beastly transcoding
    corsair h100i v2 for water cooling

  • romneyfamromneyfam Posts: 5Members, Plex Pass Plex Pass
    edited February 24

    I don't have anything as fancy as some of your here. I guess mine would fit under a simple category.
    My server is an AMD Athlon x4 black chip, 8gb DDR3 RAM, 2x3tb hard drives in RAID 1 for redundancy and a 500gb drive for the ubuntu system. Also has a BluRay drive for RIPing new movies. This is a dedicated PMS system. I also have the HDHomeRun DVR system integrated into my system as well for live TV.

    16 Port TP-Link gigabit switch, Google Wifi Mesh wireless Network.

    Still a work in progress as I have a 1U power distribution unit arriving tomorrow and a 1U shelf to place the server on as the Cabinet is about 1" too shallow fo me to be able to mount the server to the rails. I have been improving my server for at least the last 5 years.

    This serves my Samsung 55" Smart TV, a couple fire sticks a few smart phones and computers, etc.

    Edit - I got my rack shelf for the server to go on and cleaned it up a bit.

  • TGDdogGTGDdogG Posts: 6Members, Plex Pass Plex Pass
    edited February 17

    Well, I upgraded my server in November. I thought it would be years before I upgraded again.... 43 days. It took 43 days to start over.

    First server (3 years 4 months) - 2012 Mac mini dual core i5 @ 2.3(4 cores total) / 8gb ram / OSX 10.10 with a drobo 5D and 5x 2TB drives (grew to a b810n with 6x 5TB drives and 2x 8tb drives

    Second server (43 days) - upgraded mini to Dell T5500 dual CPU Xeon x5670 @ 2.93 (24 cores total) / 72gb ram / Win10

    current setup - dell R910 quad cpu Xeon E7-4860 @ 2.27 (80 cores total) / 512gb ram / 16x 1.2tb 10k SAS drives raid5 / unRaid 6.4

    An adaptec raid card is installed in the R910 and exits the case via 2x sff-8088 cables and goes to an HP 24port SAS expander in a custom Norco 4224 case housing 16x 3TB Sun SAS drives, 6x 5TB WD and 2x 8TB WD. Also have a 256gb SSD, 128gb SSD, and 64gb SSD for cache drives. Inside the NORCO (but obviously not connected to the 24 drives) is a core i5 4430 with 16gb ram and a radeon R9 270 connected to 6x 1TB 2.5" drives in a raid5 drive from the board and 24x 500gb 2.5" drives in a raid 6 driven off of 2x LSI 9650SE cards. I also still have the drobo b810n for drives that get upgraded in the future (old drives will be demoted to drobo). All running through a Dell 5324 GBe managed switch and housed in a Dell 42U fully enclosed rack.

    Also have an HD Homerun Extends for OTA recording and live viewing

    Total current raw storage: ~155TB / Usable storage: ~118TB

    Not done yet, but I am loving the crap out of this rig. Plan to set up pfsense to replace the routing functions of my Asus AC5300 ROG, and like a million VM'ed windows / linux / Warp OS/2 / BeOS - just because.

    Immediate planned additions and upgrades:

    HAUPPAUGE WinTV-quadHD (4 tuners in 1 card plus my HDHR will give me 6 total)
    Rack mount 8port KVM
    Rack Mount Monitor and keyboard
    rails on the Norco
    cable management arms on all servers
    48 port cat6 patch panel
    additional battery backup (currently have a 1350VA true sine - good for 2 minutes lol)

    (Picture taken while data transfer was still taking place / drives not in final home)

    I did choose unraid over Xen and VSphere and proxmox because of the ease of use and native Plex docker. I love that the OS is modular and can switch to a new server without much fuss. I REALLY tried to like Xen, but I didn't like that I was limited to 32 cores per VM - and plex had to run in a VM - so I couldn't use all 80 cores for the main purpose I wanted. that coupled with the GOD AWFUL fight to do anything - nothing is simple or point and click - and I was just over it. Even to add new storage was an act of god and command line code that was 3 miles long.with plans to get a

  • MDaltonMDalton Posts: 3Members, Plex Pass Plex Pass

    @TGDdogG said:
    Well, I upgraded my server in November. I thought it would be years before I upgraded again.... 43 days. It took 43 days to start over.

    First server (3 years 4 months) - 2012 Mac mini dual core i5 @ 2.3(4 cores total) / 8gb ram / OSX 10.10 with a drobo 5D and 5x 2TB drives (grew to a b810n with 6x 5TB drives and 2x 8tb drives

    Second server (43 days) - upgraded mini to Dell T5500 dual CPU Xeon x5670 @ 2.93 (24 cores total) / 72gb ram / Win10

    current setup - dell R910 quad cpu Xeon E7-4860 @ 2.27 (80 cores total) / 512gb ram / 16x 1.2tb 10k SAS drives raid5 / unRaid 6.4

    An adaptec raid card is installed in the R910 and exits the case via 2x sff-8088 cables and goes to an HP 24port SAS expander in a custom Norco 4224 case housing 16x 3TB Sun SAS drives, 6x 5TB WD and 2x 8TB WD. Also have a 256gb SSD, 128gb SSD, and 64gb SSD for cache drives. Inside the NORCO (but obviously not connected to the 24 drives) is a core i5 4430 with 16gb ram and a radeon R9 270 connected to 6x 1TB 2.5" drives in a raid5 drive from the board and 24x 500gb 2.5" drives in a raid 6 driven off of 2x LSI 9650SE cards. I also still have the drobo b810n for drives that get upgraded in the future (old drives will be demoted to drobo). All running through a Dell 5324 GBe managed switch and housed in a Dell 42U fully enclosed rack.

    Also have an HD Homerun Extends for OTA recording and live viewing

    Total current raw storage: ~155TB / Usable storage: ~118TB

    Not done yet, but I am loving the crap out of this rig. Plan to set up pfsense to replace the routing functions of my Asus AC5300 ROG, and like a million VM'ed windows / linux / Warp OS/2 / BeOS - just because.

    Immediate planned additions and upgrades:

    HAUPPAUGE WinTV-quadHD (4 tuners in 1 card plus my HDHR will give me 6 total)
    Rack mount 8port KVM
    Rack Mount Monitor and keyboard
    rails on the Norco
    cable management arms on all servers
    48 port cat6 patch panel
    additional battery backup (currently have a 1350VA true sine - good for 2 minutes lol)

    (Picture taken while data transfer was still taking place / drives not in final home)

    I did choose unraid over Xen and VSphere and proxmox because of the ease of use and native Plex docker. I love that the OS is modular and can switch to a new server without much fuss. I REALLY tried to like Xen, but I didn't like that I was limited to 32 cores per VM - and plex had to run in a VM - so I couldn't use all 80 cores for the main purpose I wanted. that coupled with the GOD AWFUL fight to do anything - nothing is simple or point and click - and I was just over it. Even to add new storage was an act of god and command line code that was 3 miles long.with plans to get a

    Do you still visit this forum? This is almost exactly the build im doing right now!

    How many CPUs do you allot to Plex, or are you running Plex natively?
    How many transcodes can you have running at once?

  • TGDdogGTGDdogG Posts: 6Members, Plex Pass Plex Pass
    edited March 25

    @MDalton said:

    @TGDdogG said:

    .....................

    Do you still visit this forum? This is almost exactly the build im doing right now!

    How many CPUs do you allot to Plex, or are you running Plex natively?
    How many transcodes can you have running at once?

    Yes. sorry for the delayed reply.

    With unRaid, Plex has access to all 80 cores - as does anything else running in a docker - or VM if you want. I have not stressed it yet, but with 5 transcodes (just the most my friends and family have done all at one time so far) I was only at 20-24% CPU.

    I could add a decent NVidia card to the box to give me some hardware transcode, but so far it has not been an issue.

    The other thing about unraid is that it can spread your data over all of your drives. So even if 6 or 8 people hit my server all at once, they are never going to hit the same file, and will be much less likely to even hit the same hard drive - giving me even more headroom for multiple streams.

    I have almost completed this build - and just have a little troubleshooting left to do for the Hauppauge TV Tuner. It has taken a lot of time and trial and error, but the end result is incredible. ebay and craigslist have been very good to me lol.

  • TGDdogGTGDdogG Posts: 6Members, Plex Pass Plex Pass

    @MDalton

    I dunno how "almost exactly" to mine you are doing. Here is where I wound up:

    Unraid 6.5 running on Dell R910 - (finally got all 16x SAS drives in Dell to work. wound up buying an H200 and then needing to reformat the drives from 520 to 512... took forever.)
    Adaptec card -> 2x 8087-8088 adapter card -> 2x 8088 cables -> 2x 8088-8087 Adapter card -> HP SAS expander (in a PCIe 1x-16x powered adapter (the ones used for mining) -> Norco BackPlanes
    Computer inside Norco runs pfsense from the 64gb SSD I origianlly had as a cache drive in unRaid and has an additional 4 port Gbe card along with the onboard Gbe. The onboard NIC serves as Wan Port, the 4 port card is link aggregated to the dell switch. the EMC Storcenter and Dell are also both link aggregated (giving me 4Gb transfer between any of them. the Drobo is link aggregated as well, but it is not in use at the moment) - This computer also turns on the power to the hard drives and fans. Overkill for sure, but better to use the Norco to house the router than buy a whole other rackmount case and rig the power supply in the Norco.

    I found a ton of rails and CMA's and a rack monitor/keyboard for cheap, so I added that as well. Also am just starting to work on integrating my 8 camera home security...

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