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  1. Yes, something like this: https://github.com/PizzaWaffles/Automatic-Youtube-Downloader I found here: Anyone interesed in making a Docker? That's something I would definitely consider donating to!
  2. BLUF: Anyone have a specific mobo recommendation that is a stable Ryzen build? I keep reading stability nightmares, etc. Gigabyte seems to be popular. I'm hoping for 3-4 PCIe and decent IOMMU flexibility. I was thinking x570 to hopefully allow a later upgrade to a faster Ryzen. Thanks! -------------- I started a threadripper thread a few days back, but it seems TR 3 will not be backwards compatible, which took a bit of wind out of my sails. As such, I'm looking for something a bit more futureproof than Threadripper - especially since it looks like AMD will be killing it off after TR3 given that their normal Ryzen are fast closing the gap. BACKGROUND: My MSI K9A2 Platinum has worked like a champ for a little over a decade now. We're talking 24/7 file serving with a VM or two on the side. Lately I've continued to add more VMs and some Dockers - Plex, Sonarr, Radarr, Taultulli, DelugeVPN, Jackett, pihole, etc. The latest edition of Live DVR and a few extra users are pushing it to the limits. I've had the max of 8GB RAM for most of the time. I recently upgraded the original Phenom II from x4 to an x6 1090T. But it is tapped out for upgrades. And with no IOMMU / GPU passthrough, I can't really use the VM as a daily driver (which is currently a major primary goal). So I'm looking for the replacements. My thinking is that I can buy a decent Mobo now with a medium CPU and RAM amount. In the future, I can incrementally upgrade both as their prices drop. I considered some of the SuperMicro 24 bay Xeon servers flooding the market, but I currently have several 8GB drives and I can contain things to stay around the 8-9 drives total (a couple of 2TB I can ugrade over time). Plus, while many of these offer high thread count, speed isn't super without breaking the bank very easily. Going from lesser to greater in questions here: OTHER Stuff: Budget: Would like to stay under $900. Already have: Mid-atx case (old Antex Sonata), PSU, a couple of 1070s, HBA, etc. Cooler: I'm thinking with a noctua cooler ($90) Drive Bay: Newer 5 drive rack (to replace my SATA 1 Supermicro version)($100). RAM: 32GB (2X16) four about $150 (slower speed but entry-level) (Possibly double amount for Plex RAM transcoding). CPU Ryzen 5 3600 - only 65W and pretty close to the 3600x for less heat. Under $200. In a few years, I'm thinking I can double my core count with a Ryzen 9 or so for likely only a few hundred more bucks off ebay. EDIT: considering 7 2700 for higher thread count at same price. Any thoughts? QUESTION 1 - CPU: Any other recommendations on CPU? Is there a case to be made for a better price-value I should be looking at? MOTHERBOARD: That brings us to the Motherboard. So roughly $350 to work with, and I can later upgrade CPU and RAM for cheap. My Mobo will be here to stay. I think I'm now thinking AMD X570 AM4 platform. Reason are subject to your input, but it's new and shiny, it has PCIe Gen 4 (likely not going to matter anytime soon, but in a decade it might let me offload something else). 5G Ethernet. Biggest thing is it is more likely to be as futureproof as possible. Any other big benefits here? That said, I was thinking integrated graphics so I'm not wasting a PCIe slot - but not an option with Rzyen. So I'm thinking I can use a riser on a x1 slot (just need to be able to select primary). Regarding PCIe slots, I currently plan 1 for HBA, 1 for Window VM (ideally two), and one for Plex HW transcoding. I believe I can kick the Plex one to a x1 with riser, as well. Which means possible another one for a second VM (me on one, kids on the other simultaneously). I'd also like a couple of NVMe to play with. QUESTION 2 - Mobo: Rough search on Newegg gives a few options. What are the other options here? What do I need to consider? I know IOMMU grouping comes in to play - any suggestions? Any brands/models with better grouping than others? QUESTION 3- timing: When do you think the ideal time to buy will be? Black Friday? Cyber Monday? Sooner? Later? Thanks! Please let me say thank you, in advance. While I love researching this stuff, my time is very limited right now due to travel. And I'll take the community's experience over google-ninja all day long. Regards, KermitJr
  3. Thanks testdasi. That's a solid enough recommendation to swing me to Gigabyte. And guess I'll have to go with 4x16 for the RAM. Oh well. That said, if gen 3 TR is moving to a different socket, does that bring Ryzen back into the picture for me? Or do I just spring for a Gen 3 Threadripper and buy some future compatibility later? Anyone have thoughts on that aspect of things? I clearly need to do a bit more research, but I'm grateful for you inputs. Thanks, Kermit
  4. EDIT: This thread has restarted here. ========================================================== Howdy folks! My MSI K9A2 Platinum has worked like a champ for a little over a decade now. We're talking 24/7 file serving with a VM or two on the side. Lately I've continued to add more VMs and some Dockers - Plex, Sonarr, Radarr, Taultulli, DelugeVPN, Jackett, pihole, etc. The latest edition of Live DVR and a few extra users are pushing it to the limits. I've had the max of 8GB RAM for most of the time. I recently upgraded the original Phenom II from x4 to an x6 1090T. But it is tapped out for upgrades. And with no IOMMU / GPU passthrough, I can't really use the VM as a daily driver (which is currently a primary goal). So I'm looking for the replacements. My thinking is that I can buy a decent Mobo now with a medium CPU and RAM amount. In the future, I can incrementally upgrade both as their prices drop. I considered some of the SuperMicro 24 bay Xeon servers flooding the market, but I currently have several 8GB drives and I can contain things to stay around the 8-9 drives total (a couple of 2TB I can ugrade over time). Plus, while many of these offer high thread count, speed isn't super without breaking the bank very easily. That brings me to Threadripper. 3rd Gen will be released next month (Nov 2019), which means a price drop across the board. I'm looking at entry right now of something like a 1st Gen 1920x (12 Core) which is about $270. I could go 1900 (8core) at $160 - but, well, I'm avoiding bottom of the barrel just cause (but by all means - feel free to up sell me). 32GB RAM (2x16) is about $160. I'm thinking those will hold me over a couple of years and then things like 3rd gen will be super cheap, right? (okay, might upgrade the RAM sooner for plex ram transcoding, etc.) Regardless - it requires a rock solid Motherboard. I'm currently considering this MSI X399 board weighing in at about $350. Why? High rating on Newegg, 8 Sata, PCI gen 3 (for later HBA perhaps), and, well, MSI has done well by me. That said - any better recommendations for a mobo? Something you think will last and be available for upcoming Threadripper power requirements, etc.? I know there are some that have issues. Just don't have hour to devote to the topic (and I know many of you already have the gouge). My budget? Above puts me close to $900 with a noctua cooler ($60) and a newer 5 drive rack (to replace my SATA 1 Supermicro version). So please pour your wisdom into me. If I can get the mobo solid, I can build around it. Many thanks, in advance! KermitJr
  5. I've been impressed with many of the $20-$40 lifetime VPN deals (all sorts - well known and less well known) that show up here: https://deals.gdgt.com/
  6. Not sure, but I know I have no mouse cursor. Unraid 6.7.2 new VM with win10
  7. I'll just throw in - yes, two years late. Unraid 6.7.2 Installed VM with Win10. No mouse. Tried three browsers. Not exactly sure what to do with that, but two years later and this issue keeps cropping up through the forums and Reddit. Any help?
  8. Hi Matt, Are your drives connected directly to Mobo or via card? I'm wondering if it might be a movie controller issue. Do you have same issue with SSD and spinner? Shouldn't be needed, but do you have access to a larger psu? Any strange bios settings? As for the rest, unRAID is awesome, yes! I'd recommend you look into Plex on a docker. SpaceInvader1 and Byte My Bits have great b YouTube info. I love the ability to sync to phone for offline viewing, web browser access, etc. Cheers, Kermit
  9. I assume you're pointing to Johnny.Black's post? He says stop the array on the main page click on the cache device you want to replace/upgrade and select the new one from the drop down list (any data on the new device will be deleted) start the array a btrfs device replace will begin, wait for cache activity to stop, the stop array button will be inhibited during the operation, this can take some time depending on how much data is on the pool and how fast your devices are. when the cache activity stops or the stop array button is available the replacement is done. But I don't really see how that maintains data and Dockers. It appears to just replace the drive... Possibly because I don't fully understand the pooling aspect (I mean, I get it, but really I'm looking for RAID 1 functionality). And that post is 3 yrs old, so why isn't that method in the wiki yet? Thanks, Kermit
  10. Rest of the year ... Per parity check? What's your largest drive?
  11. Howdy! So I just went through the process of upgrading from a 320GB spinner to a 2TB SSD. Not too painful, but took longer than I hoped copying Dockers/appdata, etc. and I was offline with services for a bit of time. I also had to search a bit on redownloading the Docker templates/etc. No biggie - but not in the wiki! So I was thinking ... would it be possible to simply mirror the cache drive, let the files sync, and then remove the old one? Essentially like a failed drive but with new config or something? That would allow all services to remain online and it would be seamless. Only issue is how to handle the larger space on the second drive (can you just grow the btrfs?). Thanks Kermit
  12. Johnnie.Black - Yeah, not too worried about it unless someone wants to troubleshoot. My understanding is that the "Initialize drives" portion of the RAID controller writes something to the drive that jacks things up. I'm more of a purest and my friend is too, so we're running direct until he gets a new card. That said, if anyone has a spare SAS2 card laying around... PM me. KJ
  13. Howdy, folks! As promised, wanted to check with a follow-up. I had a chance to tinker a bit at my buddy's house. First, it's humming along great. And noise is not bad at all under the desk. Looks nice, too. The only issue is that initialization of drives... wasn't sure if it was writing to drives or just tweaking the RAID card. We pulled them out after getting the array online and tried plugging directly into SATA on mobo. No go. Unraid saw the drives - even correct serial numbers, etc., but array wouldn't start. Friend doesn't want his data tied to a particular card, so for now, just running direct to mobo SATA with no RAID card. Will get a $30 LSI card at some point and start using that way. But yes, great easy entry system.
  14. Speed isn't issue at the moment. More curious as to whether the "initialize drive" impacts usability at a later time. I also understand case issue, but the main point was that it is literally everything needed and working, sans drives, for $120. This was as much as experiment in cost effectiveness as anything. I'll post back with updates.
  15. Yeah, $120 is almost stupid cheap at this point! Just wanted to provide an update! First things first - it works! Yay! Had to initialize the drives. Have not determined yet if it was just a write to the Adaptec card (logging them) or if it actually wrote to the drive, but Unraid is working, sans temperature readings. My friend is unavailable for a few weeks, but when he gets back, we're going to plug drives direct to sata on mobo to see if Unraid still hums along smoothly or if the initializing did something to the drives, themselves. Noise isn't too terrible. You know it's on, but it's certainly not data-center ram-jet level. We might work to swap out for some quieter fans (or just put in a quieter single power supply). So the verdict is that it seems to be a decent entry-level platform! I'll come back when I have more! Kermit