Mini PC home media server


I’m replacing my aging gaming desktop (that was also a media server) with a new laptop (maybe SB2) and a mini PC server for media (plex), web browsing and productivity work (i.e. office). For the mini PC server, I don’t want to spend that much so I’m leaning towards the Intel BOXNUC7i3BNK NUC Barebone System. I’m curious if people have any experience with it. Right now I’m just doing 1080p but I would like to “future proof” my purchase for 4K. I’m pretty sure the Intel Core i3-7100U Dual Core 2.4GHz can handle direct play 4K. I don’t need on the fly 4K transcoding. Would like to hear other peoples thoughts on the topic.

Comments (12)

12 responses to “Mini PC home media server”

  1. Polycrastinator

    Synology DS216play for the media server, get a docking station for the laptop. I know it's not quite what you were thinking, but I think it's a better setup.

  2. maethorechannen

    I don’t need on the fly 4K transcoding

    That won't necessarily stop Plex from deciding it wants to transcode. Really wish Plex had a "only send direct streams and let it be the clients problem" switch.

    • staganyi

      In reply to maethorechannen:

      That is true but for the most part I haven't had many issues with it. I mostly use the plex app on my xbox one and haven't really had any issues with it transcoding when it shouldn't.

      • maethorechannen

        In reply to staganyi:

        I've had transcode issues with Android Phones, a Sony Android TV, Fire TVs, the XBox One, Windows clients and Chromecasts (though I expect transcoding issues with the Chromecasts). DVR content in particular seems to set it off (I think it's the DVB subtitles that cause the problem, even when subtitles aren't being displayed). What's particularly annoying is when the Plex app doesn't work but Kodi with the Plex plugin is fine.

        I've found that the NVidia Shield works best.

  3. staganyi

    Ended up getting the following components for $644.62 CAD (~$500 USD) from newegg and the performance has been great so far:

    Intel NUC (Next Unit of Computing) BOXNUC7I3BNK Barebone Systems - Mini / Booksize

    SAMSUNG 960 EVO M.2 250GB NVMe PCI-Express 3.0 x4 Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) MZ-V6E250BW

    G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 260-Pin DDR4 SO-DIMM DDR4 2133 (PC4 17000) Laptop Memory Model F4-2133C15D-8GRS