Needing to upgrade my system


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Hello everyone, 

 

I've had my unraid server going for about 6-7 years now, and it was built out of a computer that was built years and years before than. Probably one of my first builds I had originally done. 

 

Needless to say, it's aged, and it's needing to be updated, and I'm needing some help and ideas on how much to boost it. 

 

I obviously don't want to spend a lot of money if it's not needed, but I'd like to not need to upgrade this for a long time as well. 

 

The main use for this server is Plex, 4k will be used around the house, I stream 1080p to friends/family. 

 

The server is running on 17 drives right now and 86 TB. I've started adding some other dockers and it's really sapping resources. The CPU just can't keep up anymore. 

 

Here is the current system. 

 

System Overview

Unraid system:Unraid server Pro, version 6.8.3

Model:Custom

Motherboard:Gigabyte Technology Co., Ltd. - GA-MA790FXT-UD5P

Processor:AMD Phenom™ II X4 810 @ 2.6 GHz

HVM:Disabled

IOMMU:Disabled

Cache:Internal Cache = 128 kB (max. capacity 128 kB)

External Cache = 512 kB (max. capacity 512 kB)

Memory:8 GB (max. installable capacity 8 GB)*

A0 = 2048 MB, 1333 MT/s

A1 = 2048 MB, 1333 MT/s

A2 = 2048 MB, 1333 MT/s

A3 = 2048 MB, 1333 MT/s

Network:eth0: 100Mb/s, full duplex, mtu 1500

eth1: not connected

Kernel:Linux 4.19.107-Unraid x86_64

 

 

I've been reading threads in here like crazy, and am just not sure how high I need to go. I can tell you right now, with most recent docker the CPU is maxed out like 80-95% the whole time. 

 

Any help is appreciated. 

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Just a "small" comparison:

Your CPU: 1678 Passmarks

i7-9700: 13486 Passmarks

 

If you like to use HW-transcoding under Plex, buy an Intel-CPU

Beware: Even modern CPUs have problems to transcode 4K-Streams.

But the iGPU of modern Intel-CPUs can handle "4k-to-1080p/8MBit" HW-transcoding easily.

I tested this with 8 streams simultaneously without problems.

 

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8 minutes ago, Zonediver said:

Just a "small" comparison:

Your CPU: 1678 Passmarks

i7-9700: 13486 Passmarks

 

If you like to use HW-transcoding under Plex, buy an Intel-CPU

Beware: Even modern CPUs have problems to transcode 4K-Streams.

But the iGPU of modern Intel-CPUs can handle "4k-to-1080p/8MBit" HW-transcoding easily.

I tested this with 8 streams simultaneously without problems.

 

Wow! 9700 was one I was seeing on here as a cpu that has been used frequently. Yeah I was definitely thinking Intel for sure for the iGPU capabilities as well. 

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