My Server is as follows:
i5 4690k Devil's Canyon Haswell using iGPU intel HD4000 GFX
It works fine when streaming to several Emby Clients on the LAN and will handle a few on the WAN with ffmpeg loading pretty light.
Where I run into issues is when ComSkip HandBrake is running in MCEBuddy for processing RecordedTV. I can throttle HandBrake in MCEBuddy but any throttling usually results in never getting the recordings finished before the next evening.
MCEBuddy allows scheduling but only one schedule so that is usually set to run from about 6am to 4pm when nobody is home and Emby Server usage is light. I wish it could be scheduled to run from about 10pm to 3am too as that is a very light usage time.
My problem is that sometimes users want to watch something during the day, including at home when we're off for the day or whatever. Playback of LiveTV is glitchy if I don't log into my server machine and pause MCEBuddy to give enough headroom for even light LiveTV transcoding. Also, my CPU is pegged at 100% with temps hitting 90C according to CPUID HWMonitor.
So I probably DO need a GPU.. What to get? This is about a 5 year old machine and does quite well under most circumstances. I really don't want to get a new server just yet but rather give it some assistance with a decent GPU..
Recommendations around $100 for a GPU? Are they still inflated for bitcoin mining, BTW?
How to implement HW accel properly in Emby and / or MCEBuddy?