I want to set up a Roon core on a small, passively cooled pc and use it as a streamer, data storage and Roon endpoint. I am aware it would be ideal to have the core and endpoint separate but for budget reasons this is out of the question.
So considering this will be a full PC, running Windows 10 and run core, can I run it on the smallest Zotac ZBOX?
I use a Zotac Mini with an intel i3. It’s quite old - at least 4 years - C1520NANO.
Complete pain in the backside when running Windows - just too slow to be of any use.
However, after installing ROCK on it (VERY EASY), it has faithfully acted as my Roon server. On 24/7. No noise (as no fans). Can upsample to DSD 128 without too many issues etc etc.
So - not good as a Windows box…EXCELLENT as an inexpensive ROCK box.