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bengalman
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Need a new gaming/plex pc
What would I need to have the DVR capability from plex in it as well.
Case, motherboard...

TIA


Korkstand
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re: Need a new gaming/plex pc
Personally, I wouldn't combine a gaming box with a Plex box, unless you will be the only person to ever use it. Even then I wouldn't do it.

To use Plex DVR, you need Plex Pass (they often have sales for $70 lifetime), an antenna, and a TV tuner (HDHomerun and Hauppauge devices seem to be the most well-supported).


VABuckeye
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re: Need a new gaming/plex pc
Yeah. They’re two different things.


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BallsEleven
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re: Need a new gaming/plex pc
Honestly whatever you get for a gaming pc will be able to handle plex. Just make sure you have enough hard drive room.

Other than the pc, you’ll need plex pass, and tuner like another poster said. I have the hd homerun and it works well.

Make sure you can hardwire your network connection also.


bengalman
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re: Need a new gaming/plex pc
Have the plex pass already and a local antenna which works very well. Just want to piece it all together with movies from all these bluerays that I can access from anywhere.


BallsEleven
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re: Need a new gaming/plex pc
I haven’t tried to rip blu rays yet. Mostly I rent off iTunes and use TunesKit to keep them.


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bluebarracuda
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re: Need a new gaming/plex pc
Either your gaming performance will take a substantial hit or your plex streaming will if you have them on the same PC using them at the same time


bengalman
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re: Need a new gaming/plex pc
Thats fine considering my "gaming" consists of cs 1.6 which is an antique of sorts however would like to try something newer that would run. I can then remove any Plex streamers at that time. Essentially just something that would handle it all and last for hopefully at least 5 years.


BallsEleven
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re: Need a new gaming/plex pc
I bought something like this Dell Inspiron i7559 4 years ago as a home computer for light gaming. About a year ago I started running Plex off of it. It works just fine still and hasn't slowed down.

I will occasionally play something like Skyrim, Mass Effect, or Civ so nothing that requires the latest and greatest. I'll use the Steam Link app on an ipad when possible and don't even need to disconnect the laptop from the hardline.

My computer wouldn't work for everyone but it works for me and didn't break the bank (was actually cheaper 4 years ago). I usually stick with Dell, i7, and Nvidia because I have always had good experiences with them.


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CarRamrod
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re: Need a new gaming/plex pc
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Personally, I wouldn't combine a gaming box with a Plex box, unless you will be the only person to ever use it. Even then I wouldn't do it.
i did Whats up!


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bluebarracuda
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re: Need a new gaming/plex pc
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i did Whats up!


Doesn't mean it's not dumb


CarRamrod
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re: Need a new gaming/plex pc
sure it does...... i havent played a computer game on mine ever. so there is no worry about one interfering with the other.


junkfunky
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re: Need a new gaming/plex pc
Yeah, I don't game but trying to stream plex from our gaming PC while one of the kids was on it was awful. Now, the gaming PC is dedicated for gaming/schoolwork, I have one for Plex, one for my cameras, and one for work. Only the gaming PC has a monitor/keyboard/mouse and I remote into the other machines from a laptop.

My work machine is a pre-built gaming PC but I only use it for Revit and structural analysis programs.


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beauchristopher
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re: Need a new gaming/plex pc
i have over 20+ people using my plex server at once while i broadcast another full screen monitor to a streaming site at the same time.

i never have any issues. i guess it depends upon your pc.

some people set up plex as a docker, but that's actually beyond my expertise

i will admit thought when the dvr in plex is recording and i have all that stuff going, i do get a cpu usage is high message.

you do need a plex pass to set up the dvr, you can pay $5 a month or get a lifetime pass. i use hdhomerun and actually have the cable card type, bc i do still pay for cable.


bluebarracuda
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re: Need a new gaming/plex pc
So you just have a Plex box
This post was edited on 10/8 at 1:28 pm


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bluebarracuda
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re: Need a new gaming/plex pc
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some people set up plex as a docker, but that's actually beyond my expertise


That would be the ideal way to set up and gaming PC and Plex server, but then you limit yourself to Linux and the terrible game support. You can do a separate VM for your server and gaming, but then you can't play any online multiplayer games ever bc the cheat client will block you


bengalman
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In da Country
Member since Feb 2007
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re: Need a new gaming/plex pc
So can anyone recommend a part picker of what exactly I would need?


Tiger_n_Texas
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re: Need a new gaming/plex pc
I re-purposed an old Dell Precision T3600 circa ~2011 for mine. It's not the best, but it gets the job done for my household. It was a surplus'd freebie from a neighbor.

Did a few budget upgrades to it regarding RAM and CPU and its running fine. 4x8 DDR3 and replaced the stock E5-1603 4 core CPU with a E5-2680 8core.

Only programs I have running are PLEX, Deluge, and MCEBuddy. PLEX and Deluge run 24/7 and MCEBuddy runs midnight to 6am to convert OTA recordings from a HDHomerun.

I want to replace it with a better system so I can handle more simultaneous streams and run more than 2 H265 conversions at a time. With that said, it gets the job done.


bluebarracuda
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re: Need a new gaming/plex pc
That 2680 should be able to chew through encoding with no problems. I used to have a dual 2680 server that was pieced into several VMs and was a beast


Tiger_n_Texas
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re: Need a new gaming/plex pc
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That 2680 should be able to chew through encoding with no problems. I used to have a dual 2680 server that was pieced into several VMs and was a beast


Even with the hyper threading and turbo enabled in the BIOS it gets pegged out at 100% when running 2 or mode conversions in MCEBuddy. That's why I only let the conversions run overnight.

Those conversions are the only time it gets above 20% processing power. I just happen to be converting my new recordings and media library to H265.


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