I am an experienced pc builder new to unRaid. I believe that unRaid is a step in the right direction for my Hi-tech Home of the Future. I currently have an external SSD connected to my nighthawk router serving media to my ps4, xbox one, minix set top box (google tv), 2 TCL Roku Tv's, 2 ipads, 3 phones, a desktop, 2 laptops. Obviously, not all at the same time but I have not had problems watching a video file on the Roku tv at the same time my son was watching a different video on his device. In addition to video files, my girl and I need to have access to shared document files for work. I am familiar with using virtual machines in Oracle VM Virtual Box but I have not used a virtual machine with unRaid before. We would like to have 3-4 Windows Virtual Machines, a Mac VM and 1-2 Linux VMs set up.
I would like to keep my budget around $1500 initially and add more magnetic drives as needed. The initial configuration should include 6 to 10 TB of Nas Storage. I am trying to get my hands on two 500gb SSD's for the cache drives. I was considering going with an AMD processor for this build but depending on what is suggested I have an extra intel i5 that I could use for this build. I will update this post with more specifics of the i5 that I have. Please let me know what you think.
Also, I am curious about what the process for accessing/running the vm's will be like. It needs to be simple enough that my girl can do what she needs to do, she is somewhat computer savvy but no expert. Also, I want to be able to run the vm on my minix set top box if that is possible.
I will update this as I obtain new components for my build. Please offer suggestions for a $1500 unraid build. If someone is super helpful I will compensate them.