after my first “Roony” (a zotac zbox nano id65) died, I’d decided to built up my first own Music Server (Roony II) .
My requirements: noiseless and suiteabel for the living room.
So I choosed a Chassis from Streacom, especially the FC5 Alpha Fanless Chassis. Further ingredients:
Mainboard: ASUS PRIME H270-PRO
CPU: Intel® Core i5-7500T (because of the low TDP of 35 W)
RAM 8 GB
fanless 240W Power Supply of Streacom
256 GB Samsung SSD (Windows 10 + Roon Server)
2 TB Samsung for music library
And here you can see the result (not at the finally Location in the rack):
That’s a really interesting build @Armin. I think it will be a good match for some forthcoming features in Roon. Multicore processing within a zone and native DSD 512 upsampling. Brian is aiming at increased efficiency to bring DSD 512 to a wider range of hardware than has been the case in the past. I think your build will sit very nicely in that space.
Hi I am quite new in music servers and I am not really a geek in computers but I love to experiments and makes things on my own.
I would like to build a music server as Armin did; I was thinking to buy Fidelizer Nimitra but then analyzing better the offer I think that doing a music server by myself will be in the long run the better choice.
Internal HD: Samsung MZ-N5E250BW SSD 850 EVO, 250 GB, M.2, SATA III
2 TB Samsung for music library
Streacom OB2 Internal Blu-Ray ROM Black optical disc drive
The overall cost is about 1000€ but I have a very solid base I guess…
I followed the indications on Armin but I am not sure regarding the compatibility of the SSD and the motherboard and the case.
Is it ok? I am afraid to order all the components and then get a bad surprice…
Regarding the configuration of the server do I need just to do a windws 7 install and optimize it for audio?
Thank you for your help!
Do you need much CPU to run roon? I use a 2010 mac mini headless ( roon server ) and very rarely hear the fan - it runs 24/7 and roon is ready when i want it.
The CPU in the mini is a dinosaur compared to i5 and i7’s.
Hmm - that barebone PC you mention is a Celeron-based device. That’s below the minimum spec that Roon Labs recommend for a Roon Core (Intel i3). If you’re going to install ROCK on a device, then you won’t be able to install fidelizer, JPLAY or Asset UPnP - ROCK is a turnkey OS designed to make an appliance. It’s rather like saying I’m going to install fidelizer on my CD player…
I just need it to control the server with an iPad or iPhone… I guess I don’t need if I install Roon core…
Regarding the capabilities of the Celeron-based device I trust you but it seems this Namitra (the same HW) works also as Roon core quite successfully… and you pay for it 1350 $!! While I just spend 300$… so it is very tempting… the rest is just my trial and error and some headache… that I guess is worth 1000 $!! :-)
The minimum requirements for Roon are here. Of course, there are a number of factors that influence hardware requirements, such as the size of your library, and whether you want to use DSP for your Roon endpoints. Personally, I won’t consider anything below an Intel i3. That’s what I started with, but now I’ve built a fanless Roon Core server using an Intel i5, so that I’ve got room for the expected future expansion of my library and system.
Actually my library is not really huge and this is just a first step into to audio computing world. Nimitra has got the same processor (Celeron J1900) and has awarned a lot of prices as super audio computing system…
Surely windows it has been optimized for audio performance but you cannot trick HW so I guess it should be enough for the next 5 years, considering I don’t think to have ten times my library… and in any case what I care is how each song is played… the processor must be able to process just digitally at bit rate the song then I jave a DAC and the amplifier/speaker that does the rest…
When shopping for processing power be aware that desktop processors and laptop processors are not the same performance wise even if they share the same indicator number and clockspeed. Intel NUC’s are based upon laptop processors. A I5 desktop processor has about the same processing power as an I7 laptop/nuc. In general desktop processors of the same family have roughly 30% more processing power there laptop counterpart. Besides that i5 and i7 laptops are duo core while i5 and i7 desktop are quadcore but it is not sure if that has any advantage for Roon. It has if you are going the PC for other tasks as well.