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The T30 does consume quite a bit more power than this NAS or most other NAS units. This QNAP idles at 3 watts versus 30 watts with the T30.

But you have a lot more power, flexibility, and ability to add/customize with the T30. Comes down to your watts and needs (see what I did there Stick Out Tongue)
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Yes you can. Look into FreeNAS or unraid as your OS. Freenas is free, but unraid costs money.
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Plex users be aware that video transcoding to clients is done at the CPU of the server (A NAS in this case) and requires a 2,000 cpu passmark for each transcode.This CPU's passmark is 2,299, so barely enough horsepower. Transcoding is required if the video is not almost perfectly compatable with the client, or you wish to include subtitles. (Clients - Roku, AppleTV, Firestick,Chromecast,PlayStation 4,etc.)

https://www.cpubenchmark.net/cpu....-420CA+SOC
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Wish one of these with i5 or i7 would go on sale. Want to retire power-hungry Win 10 PC for Plex.
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If I have a half dozen of 4 TB drives, a case with an i5 cpu and mobo, can I just make my own NAS for Plex or is it easier to just use one of these prebuilt ones? I've built desktops from scratch plenty of times, but now sure what's involved with the OS for a NAS and setting up RAID, etc.
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If I have a half dozen of 4 TB drives, a case with an i5 cpu and mobo, can I just make my own NAS for Plex or is it easier to just use one of these prebuilt ones? I've built desktops from scratch plenty of times, but now sure what's involved with the OS for a NAS and setting up RAID, etc.
Yes you can. Look into FreeNAS or unraid as your OS. Freenas is free, but unraid costs money.
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If I have a half dozen of 4 TB drives, a case with an i5 cpu and mobo, can I just make my own NAS for Plex or is it easier to just use one of these prebuilt ones? I've built desktops from scratch plenty of times, but now sure what's involved with the OS for a NAS and setting up RAID, etc.
Unless you direct play mostly everything, this wouldn't work well for a dedicated PleX server. Doesn't look like there is any hardware transcoding - correct me if I am wrong tho. A few other units have hardware transcoding capabilities(DS418play for about the same price).

As far as "easier" - just comes down to your personal preference. Can build for cheaper but usually needs more time and knowledge versus a Synology or QNAP, etc. A few great NAS operating systems out there. Lots of stuff on reddit subs (synology, qnap, HomeServer, PleX).
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Opinions if this is better than the Dell T30 server option? Pluses of one or the other? Does one use more power than the other or any other key differences?
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I have this but for some reason my setup with deluge and Sonarr doesn't work right... been tinkering with it for months.
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If I have a half dozen of 4 TB drives, a case with an i5 cpu and mobo, can I just make my own NAS for Plex or is it easier to just use one of these prebuilt ones? I've built desktops from scratch plenty of times, but now sure what's involved with the OS for a NAS and setting up RAID, etc.
I use CentOS 7 with mdraid (built in linux software raid). With only half a dozen drives, this is an easy solution... It starts becoming difficult when you get more drives though as most cases/motherboards can't take more than 6 or 8.
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If I have a half dozen of 4 TB drives, a case with an i5 cpu and mobo, can I just make my own NAS for Plex or is it easier to just use one of these prebuilt ones? I've built desktops from scratch plenty of times, but now sure what's involved with the OS for a NAS and setting up RAID, etc.
Cheaper to make your own with FreeNAS
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Opinions if this is better than the Dell T30 server option? Pluses of one or the other? Does one use more power than the other or any other key differences?
The T30 does consume quite a bit more power than this NAS or most other NAS units. This QNAP idles at 3 watts versus 30 watts with the T30.

But you have a lot more power, flexibility, and ability to add/customize with the T30. Comes down to your watts and needs (see what I did there Stick Out Tongue)
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Yes you can. Look into FreeNAS or unraid as your OS. Freenas is free, but unraid costs money.
I have been using xpenology on HP micro server and when it's time to upgrade I am definitely going to build my own 8 bay i3 server with xpenology later this year
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Someone needs to innovate in this space and get the cost down significantly for home users. Pogo tried but the implementation had a few issues.
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If I have a half dozen of 4 TB drives, a case with an i5 cpu and mobo, can I just make my own NAS for Plex or is it easier to just use one of these prebuilt ones? I've built desktops from scratch plenty of times, but now sure what's involved with the OS for a NAS and setting up RAID, etc.
Definitely look into Open Media Vault (OMV). That's all I use and it is purely awesome. Great help on their forums. Should work on most home DIY builds (based on pure Debian)

I always find these prebuilts limited in several areas, including power.
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Pull the trigger on this or wait for the 8-bay enclosure to drop to the $650 sale price?
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