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I'am new here, and looking to build a mini computer to be able to transcode files using plex.

 

I would like to install the XPEnology OS but need information on where to start.

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Hey

 

I've just completed the same thing. I had a DS412 but this just couldn't cut it so built my own. Was going to install OMV (Open Media Vault) until I came across Xpenology.

 

Anyway here is what I used

 

Fractal Designs Node 304 case

i3 4150

Gigabyte H97 board

4 x 3TB HDD's

Corsair bronze 500w PSU

8GB Kingston Memory

 

Hope this helps

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Hey

 

I've just completed the same thing. I had a DS412 but this just couldn't cut it so built my own. Was going to install OMV (Open Media Vault) until I came across Xpenology.

 

Anyway here is what I used

 

Fractal Designs Node 304 case

i3 4150

Gigabyte H97 board

4 x 3TB HDD's

Corsair bronze 500w PSU

8GB Kingston Memory

 

Hope this helps

 

Thanks, But Could you point me to instructions on installation from scratch ?

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Have you put together a machine? Are you just looking for OS install instructions?

 

 

I have not put together the machine yet, but yes I'am looking for the OS install instructions.

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There is at least 2 ways as far as I know: bare metal vs virtual machine, and here are some basic differences:

 

* Bare Metal:

- Install DSM directly on your drive

- Good enough for older or weak hardware

- Might not able to take out HDDs and put in other machines

 

* ESXi (Virtual Machine):

- Install DSM on Virtual Machine

- Require newer or stronger hardware (requirements to run VM)

- Able to take out HDDs and put in another VMs

 

Since my hardware are follows:

- MB: old Intel mITX

- CPU: old Intel Atom 1.6GHz (2 cores / 4 threats)

- RAM: 4GB DDR3 (max supported)

- HDD: 1TB 7200rpm x 1

- SSD: 16GB (but not implemented yet, would use it for ESXi later)

- USB: 64MB

- PSU: 450W

- Case: Cooler Master Elite 120 Advanced

 

Since my hw is old and weak and I've got them all Free After Rebates except the case and 1TB HDD I've paid 20 bucks each after rebates and coupons, so I've only paid 40 bucks plus tax for the whole system, I'm using them to experiment and to familiar myself with DSM first, and note that don't use 32MB or smaller size USB since it will be formatted as FAT not FAT32 so use at least 64MB USB. Here is the Bare Metal guide that I've used:

 

viewtopic.php?f=15&t=3462

 

Then before I build a strong hw for real activities, I would use this same setup to experiment ESXi with these guides:

 

viewtopic.php?f=15&t=3564

viewtopic.php?f=15&t=3132

 

Hope this helps :wink:

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Quick question - why do you need to transcode files and not play them with DirectPlay?

 

You may be better off upgrading your client(s) and spending less on the NAS, the electricity it uses and minimizing the heat and noise it generates.

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There is at least 2 ways as far as I know: bare metal vs virtual machine, and here are some basic differences:

 

* Bare Metal:

- Install DSM directly on your drive

- Good enough for older or weak hardware

- Might not able to take out HDDs and put in other machines

 

* ESXi (Virtual Machine):

- Install DSM on Virtual Machine

- Require newer or stronger hardware (requirements to run VM)

- Able to take out HDDs and put in another VMs

 

Since my hardware are follows:

- MB: old Intel mITX

- CPU: old Intel Atom 1.6GHz (2 cores / 4 threats)

- RAM: 4GB DDR3 (max supported)

- HDD: 1TB 7200rpm x 1

- SSD: 16GB (but not implemented yet, would use it for ESXi later)

- USB: 64MB

- PSU: 450W

- Case: Cooler Master Elite 120 Advanced

 

Since my hw is old and weak and I've got them all Free After Rebates except the case and 1TB HDD I've paid 20 bucks each after rebates and coupons, so I've only paid 40 bucks plus tax for the whole system, I'm using them to experiment and to familiar myself with DSM first, and note that don't use 32MB or smaller size USB since it will be formatted as FAT not FAT32 so use at least 64MB USB. Here is the Bare Metal guide that I've used:

 

viewtopic.php?f=15&t=3462

 

Then before I build a strong hw for real activities, I would use this same setup to experiment ESXi with these guides:

 

viewtopic.php?f=15&t=3564

viewtopic.php?f=15&t=3132

 

Hope this helps :wink:

 

You can definitively move the HDDs to a different physical environment!

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Quick question - why do you need to transcode files and not play them with DirectPlay?

 

You may be better off upgrading your client(s) and spending less on the NAS, the electricity it uses and minimizing the heat and noise it generates.

 

 

The client used is Roku 3 and there are a few movies it cannot direct play.

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There is at least 2 ways as far as I know: bare metal vs virtual machine, and here are some basic differences:

 

* Bare Metal:

- Install DSM directly on your drive

- Good enough for older or weak hardware

- Might not able to take out HDDs and put in other machines

 

* ESXi (Virtual Machine):

- Install DSM on Virtual Machine

- Require newer or stronger hardware (requirements to run VM)

- Able to take out HDDs and put in another VMs

 

Since my hardware are follows:

- MB: old Intel mITX

- CPU: old Intel Atom 1.6GHz (2 cores / 4 threats)

- RAM: 4GB DDR3 (max supported)

- HDD: 1TB 7200rpm x 1

- SSD: 16GB (but not implemented yet, would use it for ESXi later)

- USB: 64MB

- PSU: 450W

- Case: Cooler Master Elite 120 Advanced

 

Since my hw is old and weak and I've got them all Free After Rebates except the case and 1TB HDD I've paid 20 bucks each after rebates and coupons, so I've only paid 40 bucks plus tax for the whole system, I'm using them to experiment and to familiar myself with DSM first, and note that don't use 32MB or smaller size USB since it will be formatted as FAT not FAT32 so use at least 64MB USB. Here is the Bare Metal guide that I've used:

 

viewtopic.php?f=15&t=3462

 

Then before I build a strong hw for real activities, I would use this same setup to experiment ESXi with these guides:

 

viewtopic.php?f=15&t=3564

viewtopic.php?f=15&t=3132

 

Hope this helps :wink:

 

You can definitively move the HDDs to a different physical environment!

 

So might be I should edit it as follows:

 

"On bare metal, when moving HDDs to different system, you have to rebuild same version of DSM and then upgrade DSM to the latest version if interested while on ESXi, you can plug HDDs in other VMs and access data on those HDDs right away"

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