HTPC, GFX or na?

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  1. Mrdsol

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    Ok guys...

    In setup for a new house I've been toying with an idea of a NAS like HTPC setup.

    Question is I'll be using my old 775 socket with stacks of HDDs I've got lying around, but I'm wondering if for say a dedicated PLEX server would a GFX card be necessary to boost transcoding performance if any.

    I dunno, pretty newbie to the workings of what actually gets used in the case of media serving.

    Keep in mind, this would cater to a family, with 3 devices at most watching videos.
     
  2. sTeeLzor

    sTeeLzor Member

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    I run without one on a i5 3300 something. Usually serves up to 3 streams at a time no problems. From whenever I have looked HW transcoding isnt currently well supported on Plex.
     
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    When you say it serves 3 streams.... on avg, are you doing 720p or higher?
     
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    Also are you just running plex or something else?
     
  5. sTeeLzor

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    This is my server so it runs the automation and downloading software as well. Sometimes file server as well.

    My streams would generally be between 1080P and 720P and generally speaking it wouldn't require transcoding on the fly, just simple transmission. It does not handle 4K if it requires transcoding. I basically have no content less than 720 and I would say majority would be 1080 these days.
     
  6. demiurge3141

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    Do not use a 775 setup 24/7, the cost in electricity will pay for a new rig very quickly.
     
  7. HyRax1

    HyRax1 ¡Viva la Resolutión!

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    Agreed. Better off buying a new machine long term.
     

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