I have been using Plex server on my Windows PC for a number of years now. I currently have a Netgear NAS RN214 box with my 8TB or so of media. This box currently houses 4 x 3TB WD Red drives in JBOD as I have an external backup on them that runs weekly and unlimited cloud backup as well. Not worried about redundancy.
My server is just a Windows 10 based machine with a 6 core AMD, 32GB Ram, etc. This machine of course does the transcoding, etc.
I have been thinking of removing these two items from my system and going with a dedicated server for a few reasons including that I am about at my limit of transcodes. I feel I have added a few too many outside friends that can watch my media and at times it becomes an issue with transcoding.
My thought is to build a dedicated server with only FreeNAS on it, bump up to an 8 core processor, 16GB ECC memory, etc and move all of the data over to that once I teach myself how to use FreeNAS. I realize all of my drives will be wiped out initially and the setup of shares and all that will be tricky, but I'm sure I can figure it out.
Those that have done this or have any expertise, do you see issue with or have any suggestions about this? I feel that i have finally outgrown the more basic setup of an out of the box NAS and need to venture into a more manageable setup that will expand my options a bit.
Thank you in advance.