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Need Advice on Expanding Synology DS718+ Storage

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Hey NAS Compares team,

I’m a power user with a Synology DS718+ primarily used for Plex streaming and backing up computers. Running out of space and looking to add at least 2TB in the near term. Here’s my current setup and questions:

Current Setup:

Drives: 2x WD40FFRX-68N32N0, 3.6 TB each
Used Capacity: 96% (3.4 TB of 3.5 TB)
RAM: 16 GB
CPU: Intel Celeron J3455, Quad-core 1.5 GHz
Questions:

How outdated is my current setup? Should I upgrade? If so, to what?
Is adding a Synology Expansion Unit DX517 worth it?
Considering adding a Crucial MX500 1TB SSD cache. Is this a good choice or are there better options? What improvements will it bring?
What RAID configuration would you recommend for performance and cost?
Thanks for the help!
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