From time to time I've read portions of the long running discussion about "Best CPU For HQPlayer" discussion. I do not remotely have the finances to build one of the technologically state of the art, and mega expensive computers that people are creating to run HQPlayer optimally (or at least as optimally as current pc hardware technology allows). I've designed and built any number of pc's, but nothing in the class you guys put together. I've built very good, fully capable pc's for less than many of you are paying just for GPU's/video cards. I I don't mean, in any way to be critical, just to illustrate my limitations, as far as expense.
Several people whose expertise, in this area, I greatly respect, have repeatedly told me that using Roon is significantly limiting the sound quality my system can deliver. They clearly inform me that to ever hope to reach better sound, HQPlayer is the only real option. Based on that, here are the key questions that I have.
1) is it possible to affordably run HQPlayer at least reasonably well? I believe that I'm correct that it is DSD rate and also the filters that drive the cpu, gpu and other hardware requirements, but it also seems that the filters are at the heart of things.
2) Are there any affordable prebuilt options that work well, as in Small Green Computer's offerings, etc.?
3) if it is affordable, is it possible to accomplish this without the almost sorcerous abilities that seem to be required to constantly tweak obscure and near technically impossible things in order for it all to work well?
4) since you aren't using Roon as an interface, what do you use? Prior to moving to Roon, I found no other interfaces that didn't have painful ongoing issues.
Thank for any assistance, insights or advice regarding this.