Best sub-$300 machine for Plex/MakeMKV/Handbrake
I plan to use it as a Plex Media Server and to rip my Blurays and DVDs with MakeMKV and Handbrake. I am thinking I will run Ubuntu on it unless there is a solid reason to run Windows.
I just bought a sub-$100 machine with an AMD B50 (unlocked Phenom II x2 or x3) that I haven't set up yet, but I'm guessing it will probably still be a bit slow, guessing around 14 hours or so to encode a Blu-ray. I've looked into getting a better Phenom but the price vs performance difference from the B50 doesn't seem worth it. I am currently using a 4850e box and it takes about a full day to encode a 2.5-hour Blu-ray.
Since I don't need heavy graphics, mostly just a powerful processor, maybe a server-oriented solution like a Dell PowerEdge with an older gen Xeon or dual Xeon or something would be better?
My main considerations here are 1) price, 2) speed, 3) power consumption.