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Thread: Building a dedicated audio computer

  1. #11
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    Re: Building a dedicated audio computer

    The Shuttle will work well, but you can probably build a similar system cheaper.
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  2. #12
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    Re: Building a dedicated audio computer

    Can anyone can suggest a suitable motherboard (which preferably doesn't need a fan) and case instead of the Shuttle? Ideally available in the UK.

  3. #13
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    Re: Building a dedicated audio computer

    For the benefit of anyone wanting to do the same, I got a good deal on a Shuttle XS35 complete with 160GB HD and 1GB RAM from EBuyer- too cheap to miss.

    External 1TB Western Digital HD extremely cheap from PC World (ordered in advance to pick up from the store - saved £5). A cheap keyboard & mouse, second-hand 15 inch LCD screen and a HotAudio USB DAC WOW completed the setup.

    I had wanted to use the minimal Ubuntu CD but ran into problems in that it didn't recognise the network card during the installation. The Live Ubuntu CD worked fine but I didn't want all of the excess things which came with it which I didn't need just to play music.

    Eventually I gave up and installed Bodhi Linux. Just 2 programmes installed - Exaile and Decibel Audio Player.

    Sounds as good as my CD player!

  4. #14
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    Re: Building a dedicated audio computer

    If you look on some of the audio forums, you'll find some very sophisticated discussions of these kinds of questions and while it would certainly depend on a LOT of details about exact configuration, I think you will find a lot of people will say that more system memory would by no means be wasted. I chatted with one Hi-Fi ubergeek that runs a 64 bit system, specifically so he can use more system memory. A lot of those ultra-perfectionists (and there are NO perfectionists like Hi-Fi geeks) would, however, endorse the idea of of a system that is minimalist in other respects, i. e., no more cpu and no more software than you need for the main objective.

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