Unraid server upgrade - budget build needed

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Been a while since my first Unraid build (7 years ago!!) which has been working fine for me till date. Kudos to the user community here for helping me out of panic mode a few times when I've had issues like unclean shutdown / parity failure etc. I'm looking to build a new system as a replacement for my existing machine. 


Existing specs:

MB: ASRock B75 Pro3-M

CPU: Celeron G1620 

Memory: 4GB

Drives: 5 x 3TB (1 parity) + 1 x 2TB. Total 14TB with around 2.5TB free space.

Case: Silverstone Technology CS380B (with hot-swap bays)


All I'm using this for is for Plex serving my media files and backup storage. No complains as of now except some of the drives are old and are showing UDMA CRC error counts and would like to upgrade to a little more CPU power/ram to be able to handle multiple transcoding streams.

I wanted to build a new budget system and maybe upgrade to fewer bigger drives.  A 6 SATA motherboard instead of 8 should be enough


I'm thinking of the following:

CPU: Intel Core i3-9100 3.6 GHz Quad-Core Processor
Motherboard: ASRock B365M Pro4 Micro ATX LGA1151 Motherboard
Memory: Crucial Ballistix 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3200 CL16 Memory


Looking for suggestions for an alternate AMD build as well cases I can use for a 6 drive build.

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After thinking long and hard I thought about going with something a little more than a barebones budget build. I came up with the following build components (except for hard drives). Thought here is I can probably run a couple of VMs if needed inside unraid as well if I wanted to with the additional RAM / CPU power. Would appreciate any inputs / suggestions:


PCPartPicker Part List: https://pcpartpicker.com/list/cFJJkX

CPU: Intel Core i5-10400F 2.9 GHz 6-Core Processor  ($169.99 @ Amazon) 
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 RGB Black Edition 57.3 CFM CPU Cooler  ($34.99 @ Amazon) 
Motherboard: Asus PRIME B460M-A Micro ATX LGA1200 Motherboard  - 6 SATA ports ($79.98 @ Amazon) 
Memory: Crucial Ballistix 32 GB (2 x 16 GB) DDR4-3200 CL16 Memory  ($139.99 @ Amazon) 
Case: Fractal Design Node 804 MicroATX Mid Tower Case  ($94.98 @ Amazon) 
Power Supply: Corsair RM (2019) 650 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully Modular ATX Power Supply  ($139.29 @ Amazon) 

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Something to think about...I would go with the I5-10400 and not the "F" version.  You can take advantage of the graphics processor for any trans-coding needs that way.



Everything else you have picked should work.  You may not be able to take advantage of the 3200 ram speed, so there is no advantage there, but it is inexpensive for 32 gigs and should be fine at the base clock.



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