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  1. Mainly because they're big money compared to say an i3 on a server-style board. A Supermicro with an i3 on it will be cheaper and faster.
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    UPS - Emerson Liebert?

    I had the desktop version. It was a pile of crap. Hummed and buzzed 24/7 then blew up (smoke and all) the first time the power went off.
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    I need a Plex transcoding beast!

    If you're using QuickSync (which you should be), you won't need anything more than an i5-8400 or i7-8700 on a decent Z370 board. I can get 6 transcodes no problem with my i5-6500T and 20Mb upload, and the CPU hardly breaks a sweat (it's even passively cooled!). It's also running Plex DVR, and all the other stuff, AND a Windows 10 VM. That's just a 4 core 2.5GHz (turbo to a feeble 3.1GHz).
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    Hard Drive (mechanical) failure rates

    Considering it's pretty difficult to find anywhere with decent stock of 10TB drives, I'd guess probably not. I'm still buying 8TB drives (mostly HGST Deskstar NAS, which are nice helium drives similar to the Red Pro). Had no problems with any of them, including shucked WD Whites (80EZZX) which are well over 18 months old now.
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    We're moving

    Somewhat quite what?
  6. Any decent quality board and an i5/i7 will do fine. I've been impressed with my reasonably priced Asus board and cheap i5. I run an Asus TUF Z370-Pro Gaming and an i5-8400 and had zero issues, it's fast and stable. Even has two M.2 slots for NVMe SSDs (one can also do SATA M.2).
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    Building a 4K 10-bit ready NAS

    This method of modprobing i915 and passing that to Emby/Plex doesn't work on Coffeelake. I can't get it working on my i5-8400 at all. I'm likely going to shift back to my i5-6500T, and use the i5-8400 in my HTPC (to benefit from the better GPU).
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    HW transcoding

    Just a note, haven't been able to get Coffeelake working with this - seems Intel don't support this chip in the current SDK.
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    Best bang for the buck (Intel Xeon)

    Think about 2011v3 i7 chips. I'm getting brilliant performance from my 5960X, which I paid £200 for. Combined with a decent X99 board, they're hard to beat. The newer 10 core chips are getting pretty cheap now too, as are X99 boards.
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    Building a 4K 10-bit ready NAS

    Oh, yes, 7th and 8th gen, my apologies.
  11. To me, parity drives are the MOST important. I use a WD Gold for my parity, and any old crap for the data drives. I wouldn't be using a drive with reallocs. No way.
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    Building a 4K 10-bit ready NAS

    You need 7th Gen to do 10-bit transcoding.
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    New build, Kaby Lake, Coffe Lake or Ryzen?

    You need to start worrying at 85C for a M.2 SSD. My 950 Pro runs at 55C idle, for example. You can apply a thick heat pad to the SSD, I used one from a dead NUC that I stuck between the M.2 and the motherboard in my main machine, basically uses the motherboard as a bit of a heat sink. Works pretty well for free. Another option if you have a single sided SSD is to use a strip of copper tape to spread the heat. Stick it to the back of the SSD where there's no components. I used copper tape designed for keeping slugs out of plant pots, it's super cheap in DIY or garden stores, and has enough adhesive on it to be insulated from the SSD.
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    Any recommended FreePBX Docker containers?

    That's what I'd do. Some things work better on a "real" OS.
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    HP N40L died...now what?

    I never got on with the Gen8 - it's not very power efficient, and it's kind of noisy. There is the Gen10 Microserver, which is another AMD SOC machine like the N40L. It's fine if you're not running VMs or expecting blistering performance, and it's relatively cheap. You could also go for an Intel-based QNAP NAS and run unRAID on that - they work very well and are super-low powered and quite fast.