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Help Me Choose New Desktop and/or Plex Server and/or Backup PC

470 32 July 3, 2018 at 01:33 PM
Hi, everyone,

I haven't purchased a new desktop in a long time and I'm trying to do things right after using one machine for various things for a few years.

What I want to do:

* I'd like to get a new main desktop PC for myself if I need it. I don't game much anymore with two kids, but I would like to be able to play the remastered StarCraft that Blizzard released.

* I'd like to have a Plex server capable of streaming to 2 or a max of 3 devices at one time.

* I'd like to have something like a server that stores and automatically backs up all of my main items like pictures of kids, music, videos, Plex recordings, etc.


My current setup:

Its really a mishmash of things. I have two computers that I am currently using. The main desktop is almost a decade old. I'm running an Intel Core 2 Quad 9550 at 2.83GHz with 6GB of RAM. It has served me extremely well and have never had to replace anything but a fan. It is, however, getting long in the tooth and the BIOS only supports hard drives up to 1TB which is a problem for storing movies and recording TV via Plex DVR.

This PC is currently running my Plex server.


My other PC that I built to serve as a server is a Core i3 2125 at 3.30 GHz with 8GB of RAM.


Would either of these devices work as a server/backup machine and/or Plex server? I'm wanting to stream 1080p to 1-2 devices at the same time. If so, what backup software might you recommend?

I know that in order to have a good backup plan, I need something off-site and every 2 months I do swap hard drives with a safe deposit box.

Any help or recommendations would be appreciated! I know I'm probably not doing things right, so I know I need help. Thanks!

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look at duplicati for backups

https://www.duplicati.com/
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If you are looking for one pc and media will be stored there. Backblaze is a great option for online backup. Unlimited for about $50 a year.
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