Hi, I just recently startet looking into media streaming with Plex / Emby. (Plex did not work so well)
Having been looking around for the right hardware, I wanted to get a professional opinion before committing to a system.
I need something for 2-3 concurrent streams, worst case 1080p, h.264 video from Blu-Rays, additionally i want Owncloud to run on it and (possibly in the future) recording live tv with a dual tuner.
My clients would be a Windows PC, 3 FireTV-Sticks (First Gen), an LG-TV (webOS) and various iPhones, iPads, Android Phones and Tablets (not all at the same time though).
Network runs over Devolo PowerLAN (those things you plug into a power outlet and it sends data over the wiring) but i can reach speeds of 50-60Mbit/s at the absolute worst case (300 Mbit/s normally). I have tested Emby already and it works ok (for now).
I have narrowed my search down to these three:
1. NUC7I5BNK: i5 7260U (Passmark 5680) ~410€
2. NUC8I5BEK2: i5 8259U (Passmark 11003) ~470€
3. Dell PowerEdge T30: E3-1225 v5, 8GB RAM, 1TB HDD (Passmark 7819) ~470€
For 1 + 2 also (included in price already):
RAM: Crucial CT8G4SFS824A 8GB
SSD: Crucial MX500 CT250MX500SSD4 250GB M.2
Media itself is on an external 6TB drive.
Is the (1) enough or should I get something more powerful?
Should i go for a tower like (3)? I would rather have something smaller.
Is an i5 "better" than a Xeon for Emby? (The i5 seems to use less power, but the E3 is a server CPU and therefore fits the job description better)
Is 8 GB RAM enough?
Can I use Windows 10 or should I go for Windows Server or Linux?
Are there alternatives to those three systems that are better?