I want to put together a simple dedicated stand-alone computer to play my music files.
The basic idea is to have the music stored on an external hard disk (in flac format) and play it through an external DAC into my hi-fi amplifier. Any new music would be added to the external drive by simply plugging it into my main computer and copying the files over.
The computer would need to be fairly quiet and could be quite low powered - I wouldn't need to connect to the internet or anything, so I was wondering about a simple Atom based barebones system, possibly one without a fan? I'd just need to add minimal memory and a small hard disk for the operating system (might even get away without a hard disk and just use a flash stick instead?). Does anyone have any experience of doing something similar? If so, what worked for you?
Or would it be easier just to get a cheap netbook or laptop and use that instead?