[SOLVED] Opinions on small form factor, low power server build?

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Hey everyone,

I'm looking to build a small form factor server, with a reasonably low idle power usage. Will run Ubuntu.
It will be used as
  • plex server - direct streaming and transcoding (not for storage though, I already have a separate NAS).
  • unifi controller
  • Hass.io controller
  • probably some other bits and pieces.
What do you all think of the below?

PCPartPicker Part List: https://au.pcpartpicker.com/list/98VQyk

CPU: Intel Core i3-9100 3.6 GHz Quad-Core Processor ($198.00 @ Shopping Express)
Motherboard: ASRock B365M-ITX/ac Mini ITX LGA1151 Motherboard ($179.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance LPX 8 GB (2 x 4 GB) DDR4-3000 Memory ($71.84 @ Amazon Australia)
Storage: Corsair MP510 480 GB M.2-2280 NVME Solid State Drive ($109.00 @ Mwave Australia)
Case: Cooler Master Elite 110 Mini ITX Tower Case ($55.00 @ BudgetPC)
Power Supply: EVGA GD 450 W 80+ Gold Certified ATX Power Supply (I can source for $60 AUD)
Total: $672.84
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2019-12-30 20:06 AEDT+1100

In USD:
PCPartPicker Part List: https://pcpartpicker.com/list/98VQyk

CPU: Intel Core i3-9100 3.6 GHz Quad-Core Processor ($122.99 @ Best Buy)
Motherboard: ASRock B365M-ITX/ac Mini ITX LGA1151 Motherboard ($96.78 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance LPX 8 GB (2 x 4 GB) DDR4-3000 Memory ($44.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Corsair MP510 480 GB M.2-2280 NVME Solid State Drive ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master Elite 110 Mini ITX Tower Case ($45.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: EVGA GD 450 W 80+ Gold Certified ATX Power Supply (I can source for $40 USD)
Total: $430.73
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2019-12-30 04:07 EST-0500
 
Dec 30, 2019
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Lowest power voltage: 5.1v (only) using a raspberry pi downloaded with an SD card. You can hook this raspberry pi to your server with pins. Reccomended raspberry pi: raspberry pi 4

the power will only work if plugged onto pins


If, I didn't explain anything clearly, message me on ringgames04@gmail.com. I will reply ASAP.

Thank you!
 
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Lowest power voltage: 5.1v (only) using a raspberry pi downloaded with an SD card. You can hook this raspberry pi to your server with pins. Reccomended raspberry pi: raspberry pi 4

the power will only work if plugged onto pins


If, I didn't explain anything clearly, message me on ringgames04@gmail.com. I will reply ASAP.

Thank you!
 
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You could use raspberry pi without having to order anything (excluding Raspberry Pi, USB hub) and then you can power the raspberry pi off 5.1 volts, if you want to setup a 2 computer streaming you can buy 2 Raspberry Pi's amd then 1 raspberry pi has Raspian Buster Full and the other has Raspian Buster Lite.

If you think this way is better then let me explain it in full detail at re:[don't post your email address on the forum] I may not email you for up to 12-3 hours.

This is a in-expensive way of doing this.

Thank you!

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Thanks guys.

Reccomended raspberry pi: raspberry pi 4
Even these newer pi 4's aren't quite powerful enough. They apparently can do a single 720p transcode, but that's about it:
https://www.reddit.com/r/PleX/comments/cbtls0 View: https://www.reddit.com/r/PleX/comments/cbtls0/plex_media_server_on_raspberry_pi_4/



There were release of mini-boxes like this:
https://www.tomshardware.com/news/simply-nuc-sequoia-amd-ryzen-embedded
That will offer better power/space efficiency and at least same performance as you expect.
Should also be cheaper than building it yourself.
Looks interesting, but quite a bit pricier than my custom system: http://simplynuc.co.uk/sequoia-v6-full/
Comes to £572 which is $1070 AUD for the same 8GB memory, 500GB M2 SSD
I don't think the power savings will justify the $300 extra anytime soon.
 

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