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    Join Date: Nov 2016

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    I'm Greg.

    Default Dedicated HQ player computer

    So i was bored , decided to have a go at an audio only PC. Considered the off the shelf options but oh my so expensive
    Primarily a HQ player dedicated to pull off files from my server and then into my office based system

    I butchered an old pc which was just sitting there not doing much , the only caveat it was water cooled and ideally i wanted to continue with this approach,
    there lieth the iproblem. Most modern day PC cases which typically house htpcs tend not to be suited to a watercooled system ,however, I wasnt phased, well he said !

    Definitely my dremmel is being used quite extensively, from an full tower to a HTPC in a Silverstone case with full water-cooling.

    My thought process was to use as much of the components from the previous build as possible as i didnt want this to turn into a bespoke money pit ! famous last words . Thus far, I have reigned in the cost.

    The start of the build process , Ill keep updating for reference .

    Best

    G





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    This is a way to replay digital media that has an appeal to me.
    I was looking at the Two Computer set up, this was a advice given on Computer Audiophile that got my interest.

    A main day to day computer has all the files stored as a standard practice, this computer will supply a Second Computer a file to replay, the second computer will be used to replay from the RAM into a DAC.
    There are benefits that were discussed with this replay set up that I can't quote at present.
    That is as far as I got with the process, as I ended up going down a slightly different but similar replay route, as I now use a PS Audio CDT Memory Player.
    I look forward to reading up on your progress, as I still intend on using the above method or a evolved one, there is a new Tower Computer sitting idle waiting to put into service.

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    Join Date: Nov 2016

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    john yes i agree , ill be using using windows server 2016 as the OS should play happy with HqPlayer

    The Power supply will be a HDplex 400w dc / powered by an external Linear power supply - Audio out from USB to a Gustard USB decrapifier - then onto a modified LKS 004 DAC - bel canto monos - B&W N802n (although these may change to some dynaudio confidence)

    The difference between embedded and Network attached is what i think you are reffering too ie, the 2 computer method - using a control point to run media through something like a RAMDISK setup on a win machine has its advantages but
    again also has its disadvantages

    Now back to routing cables !

    G

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    Looks very cool.

    One thing Id ask, the Display screen can give off quite bad RFI/EMI?
    Id make sure you were covered for that.

    Windows Server is better than stock windows, but not near a stripped back Linux install imo.
    Also BIOS settings can have a large impact.
    I enjoy Hifi n stuff...

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    Will you be using audiophile water in the cooling system? I hear that Apollinaris provides a sparkling midrange!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sherwood View Post
    Will you be using audiophile water in the cooling system? I hear that Apollinaris provides a sparkling midrange!
    Demineralised is better, takes away the hard sound
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    yes may try unbuntu havent striked off the list yet or even a ram disk

    Thanks for the headsup re interference .

    Geoff yes i thought about deinozed gin but couldnt be doing with the effects of slurred vocals !

    G

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    Quote Originally Posted by Unomelodica View Post
    yes may try unbuntu havent striked off the list yet or even a ram disk

    Thanks for the headsup re interference .

    Geoff yes i thought about deinozed gin but couldnt be doing with the effects of slurred vocals !

    G
    Not Ubuntu,
    go more hardcore than that.

    Everything matters if your chasing the best build.
    I enjoy Hifi n stuff...

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    any suggestions gaz ?

    G

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