My 2012 I5, SSD, 8G Ram Mac Mini’s couldn’t handle ROON. Next up is a I3 PC, SSD, w 8Gig of RAM and its struggling . To be honest, the I3 is sharing duties w a 14 year olds gaming programs… which are turned off during ROON play but lets just say… when he really wants to game and I really want to listen to music… somebody isn’t happy.
Anyway… time to go dedicated.
I live in a college town and there is a constant flow of used cheap computers on Craigslist. Alot of high-end laptops but some gaming PC’s etc… Me thinks the students sell their Christmas presents for Spring/Fall Break excursions among other things.
What is a good set of specs I should go for. I’m assuming SSD and 8 Gigs of RAM. Also I7 but not sure about the number of CORE’s or vintage. I doubt I need much in the way of video capability. What else am I missing?
This dedicated CORE computer will sit headless in a closet next to a NAS (handling 4 TB’s music file storage). FAN noise is not a problem.
My existing Core Compooder is I3, not sure what vintage… it does not like when both ROON and games are going on simultaneously. Anyway, I dont like going to his room and interrupting him in the middle of a game etc.
“Why are they not an option?.” Too expensive and cant reputpose.
Here’s a laptop on Craigslist right now for $200(which means I’ll offer $150). Is there anything inherently problematic about laptops?
MACBOOK PRO Intel Core i7 2.2GHz Quard-core Processor, 16GB ram, Thunderbolt, 1TB hard drive and dual-video card.
Although… When my 12 yr old daughter sees this MACbook , shes going to try to claim it.
Put an SSD in there are you are good to go. maybe not for DSD512 but most other things should be OK…as a core machine that is. Only issue is maybe battery will be getting long in the tooth and might start ballooning pushing up the trackpad and deforming the case
I’ll be honest, it’s hard to better the advice earlier in this thread, which remains valid. You’ve said you want to go “dedicated” but don’t seem interested in trying ROCK, which is absolutely the best means of using Roon in a dedicated fashion. I had Roon installed on a nice powerful desktop with a large touchscreen but since getting a NUC and putting ROCK on it, I barely use it now and always seem to just reach for my phone, laptop or Tablet at the remote.
Even if you don’t want to try a NUC, the fact that ROCK is only supported on Gen 5 or above is probably a good place to start off. From there the general advice is no DSP, go i3 - heavy DSP get an i7 - if you aren’t sure where you will sit and aren’t flush for cash, an i5 will probably serve you well for a good few years yet.
However, if you are serious about listening to music enough to buy 400 dollar music software, skimping on hardware just increases your chances of disappointment.
Start at 5th gen, i3 is a bare minmum, ideally i5 or better, seriously consider using ROCK.