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I run openSUSE Leap on one of these with the Cinnamon desktop. It runs great so far. The only thing was the screen tearing was really bad so I created a file /etc/X11/xorg.conf.d/20-intel.conf and added:
Identifier "Intel Graphics"
Option "TearFree" "true"
Other than that it's been pretty uneventful. I expect this installation to be my workhorse for awhile.
I have an i5 NUC, and have assembled dozens of others. My i5 unit handles Portal 1 and 2 fairly well, but the one I am using is a bit larger and has better cooling. It also has the option of adding a standard size SSD, which is nice.
Overpriced, 4GB of RAM isn't enough for VMs, and it's DDR2 memory which means the server as a whole is quite old
This would be nearly as good for performance and use a lot less power
Thanks for the help. I've been doing some more digging and I am thinking that I might actually end up getting an Intel NUC, its pretty much exactly what I want in the form factor I am looking for.
I have the Core i5 NUC. I use it for some dedicated servers 24/7 that's why I got the beefed up one. Also keep in mind if you get a 2 bay NAS and use both drives as storage and none for redundancy - if any one of those drives crashes ALL of your data is lost and cannot be recovered!
Yeah, after having to struggle with a Celeron machine 5-6 years ago, I avoid them like the plague.
I currently have this sitting in my shopping cart.
The one with the 4th gen i5:
Intel NUC BOXD54250WYKH1 Intel 4th Gen Intel Core i5-4250U with Intel HD Graphics 5000 https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00HZDLNWO/ref=cm_sw_r_awd_Cz3-vbQ2WA29Z
I run my Plex Server on a NUC and it runs fine
Alright, the biggest issue you may have is needing a CPU powerful enough to transcode your content for the remote users.
I have a Synology NAS, a DS214Play (http://global.download.synology.com/download/Document/DataSheet/DiskStation/14-year/DS214play/Synology_DS214play_Data_Sheet_enu.pdf) with two 4TB Western Digital RED NAS drives configured in RAID1. RAID1 basically gives me a mirrored copy of my single drive, in the event that one drive fails.
I also installed a DX513 Expansion Unit (https://www.synology.com/en-us/products/DX513) to my DS214Play in order to get additional space. That unit has two 4TB WD RED NAS drives running the same RAID1 configuration.
The DS214Play is actually powerful enough to run PleX but will usually buffer on software transcoding. An option you do have with Synology is to use their own native applications, which are similar to PleX in some regard. I used to use DS Video (Synology's version of PleX) extensively, till something broke and it no longer worked on my Samsung TV. What's cool is that DS Video is available on iOS, Android, via web interface on a laptop, Roku, and Samsung Smart TVs.
The Intel NUC I have an i5 model running Windows 10 on an SSD with 8GB of RAM. The passmark score is 3463, which is good enough to transcode a 1080p stream. The newer NUCs are even more powerful than mine: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00HZDLNWO?psc=1&redirect=true&ref_=oh_aui_search_detailpage
What I really like about my setup is the very low power consumption, and the low profile nature of it all. The NUC is sitting in my living room on the same TV stand as the Xbox One, cable box, etc. and the NAS is on the bottom shelf of the same stand, plugged into a dedicated wired router. All my content is saved on the NAS, and the NUC basically does nothing except run PMS.
I have this one: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00HZDLNWO?psc=1&redirect=true&ref_=oh_aui_search_detailpage, got it last September.
The new ones are pretty powerful and can easily run PleX without any hiccups, example: http://www.amazon.com/Intel-NUC5i5RYH-Processor-2-5-Inch-Support/dp/B00SD9IS1S/ref=sr_1_2?s=pc&ie=UTF8&qid=1444404720&sr=1-2&keywords=intel+nuc
I didn't want to go with Ubuntu, preferred Windows to be honest. I have mine sitting in my home theater area and use Microsoft Remote Desktop on an iPad to connect to it for updates, library syncing, etc.
Intel NUC i5: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00HZDLNWO?psc=1&redirect=true&ref_=od_aui_detailpages01
Crucial 8GB RAM: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B005LDLVAO?psc=1&redirect=true&ref_=oh_aui_search_detailpage
Crucial 120GB SSD: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00BQ8RFAI?psc=1&redirect=true&ref_=oh_aui_search_detailpage
The cool thing about my NUC is that it also has a 2.5" SATA drive bay, so I can always add another hard drive if I want. I will say as a disclaimer that I already had an extra licensed copy of Windows 8.1, so all I had to do was purchase hardware.
Something like this should work. Not sure if it's too expensive, though.
Intel i5 NUC BOXD54250WYKH1
HGST Travelstar 2.5-Inch 1TB
Crucial 16GB (2x8GB)
Had for about 3 months, bought for a homelab that never really panned out.
So what do you think of this one: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00HZDLNWO/ref=ox_sc_act_title_2?ie=UTF8&psc=1&smid=ATVPDKIKX0DER
With this memory: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B005LDLVAO/ref=ox_sc_act_title_1?ie=UTF8&psc=1&smid=ATVPDKIKX0DER
And I think I will get a 1TB internal hard drive to expand my 4TB external storage.
The good news is, if you can get a device featuring MDP and a display featuring DisplayPort, you can use one of these to drive it, without needing an active adapter. It's cheaper and more reliable than any of the active adapters I've been able to find (Monoprice's MDP-->Dual-Link active adapter failed me within a year).
If you're looking to do this right, I strongly suggest you invest in a lightweight server for the plex side. With NUCs running so cheap, it really would do you proud to have a dedicated box always running and just chuck content on there and have it available anywhere, with all pulled metadata, to make your video files searchable and category driven.
Something like this: http://www.amazon.com/Intel-BOXD54250WYKH1-Core-i5-4250U-Graphics/dp/B00HZDLNWO/ref=sr_1_1?s=pc&ie=UTF8&qid=1424714994&sr=1-1&keywords=nuc