Built hardware suggestion

Recommended Posts

So, I had been using DSM on my 10+ yo gaming rig with really old HDD for about a year. They are:


Asus P8Z68-V 


4GB "gaming" RAM

Various non-NAS budget HDD with a total of 10TB in SHR 


The DSM current main purpose are:


- Storage expansion that I offload from my laptop

- Photos storage and categorization by Moments for fast access (have google photo as well)

- Plex (non-paying account) server for 1080p playback on various device, like Google Chromecast 2, and apple TV 4 (i think) maybe 5


What I hope to achieve if I build a new one:


- Relatively inexpensive, with high value/ Price (including purchase of used parts)

- Current H264 1080p play back fine, but have framerate issues playback of H265 1080p high bitrate videos. Mainly playback devices cant decode h265 well.

- With above problem, I am looking at transcoding, and not finding/re-encoding H264 version of said same video.

- "Maybe" with lookout potential for 4K? But this is a very low priority.

- Storage expansion and photo in moments.

(below are for motherboard suggestion)

- Remote access. Of course, subject to ISP

- Wake on LAN? To save power and wear & tear. The DSM should have more idle time than working time.

- 6 HDD ports?

- SDD port, may or may not be important, advice?

- Probably getting a 4U rack for this. (for form factor suggestion)


With those in mind, can anyone suggest a CPU+MB combo? 


I've seen a lot of people building with i3-8100, is that CPU really good for its price in DSM situation?

What about Xeon chips, I also see a few post mentioned? But I have 0 experience with them.

I don't really have a set budget, but would like to pay just enough (little to no future proof, as next jump is 4K) to achieve the above.

Or I can solve my h265 problem with just buying better playback devices?

Would upgrading to i7 3750 help? This is the fastest/newest CPU the MB can support.


Thank you much.



Edited by kusazero

Share this post

Link to post
Share on other sites



Generally Intel desktop boards are best as they use Intel NICs which has good compatibility with latest DSM 6.2.2 update 4 builds.


I personally use Intel DH61DL ITX boards. If you don't care about board size you can use Intel 61 chipset boards. Intel i3 2100 CPU with 4-8gb is more than ample for all transcoding needs etc. I recommend installing DSM OS onto SSD Drive for best performance. If you want to add more drives just add a 6 port pcie 1x Marvell 88S9215 chipset about $35USD.






Share this post

Link to post
Share on other sites

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.

Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Restore formatting

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.