I'm new to the forum, but have been reading around and been really enjoying the community, support, and ideas shared.
I recently picked up some KEF Q150 bookshelf speakers, receiver, and a Pro-Ject Debut Carbon Esprit SB (DC) turntable (w/ Schiit Mani preamp)—just getting started in the world of hi-fi audio, and have much to learn (but having a lot of fun). However, despite the incredible sound coming from my vinyl collection with my new setup, I've been scheming a way to integrate digital music into my setup. After about a solid month of research and learning, I have a parts list for my planned digital audio PC / music server build.
I wanted to share and hear all thoughts / suggestions / concerns before I pull the trigger—it's not the cheapest build (approx. $2650).
The main goal is to run either Ubuntu or Windows 10 for a Roon server / Tidal playback on the DAC I'm about to buy—Pro-Ject Pre Box S2 Digital. The other goal of the build was to allow for 4K HDR playback (so 3840x2160 @ 60Hz) as an HTPC. Also, trying to limit the TDP as much as possible and go completely fanless/silent/no moving parts. The PC will live "headless" in my living room next to the stereo equipment.
Here it is!
Streacom FC9 Alpha Fanless Chassis, Non-Optical, Silver
Fanless, passive heatsink case, supports PCIe cards up to 155mm in length (with drive tray attached)
Streacom Flirc SE IR Receiver
IR control (for use with Logitech Harmony Hub / Echo Dot / Alexa)
CPU Heatsink Riser
Streacom HT4 Thermal Riser
For compatibility with MSI Z370M Gaming Pro AC
MSI Z370M Gaming Pro AC, Intel Z370
Intel Z370 Chipset
Intel i5-8400 8th Gen, 6-Core 2.8GHz
MSI GeForce GT 1030 2GH LP OC, 2GB GDDR5
• 35W TDP
• 153mm length w/ passive heatsink, to fit in FC9 case
• HDMI 2.0b: 4K 60Hz (HDCP 2.2), takes up 1.5 slots, so connecting to lower x16 PCIe slot (blocking unused lower x1 PCIe slot)
HyperX Predator DDR4-4000 Black, 16GB (2x8GB)
(On MBO supported RAM list)
Samsung 970 EVO SSD, NVMe M.2, 500GB
NVMe M.2, 3400 MB/s read, 2300 MB/s write
Crucial MX500 SSD, SATA 3 2.5", 2TB
SATA 3, 2.5"
NVMe M.2 Heatsink
EKWB EK-M.2 NVMe Heatsink, Black
For NVMe SSD cooling
HDPLEX 400W HiFi DC-ATX
Linear Power Supply
HDPLEX 200W Linear Power Supply, Silver
• 19V 7.4x5.0mm > HDPLEX PSU
• 9V 5.5x2.1mm > SOtM tX-USBexp
• 5V 5.5x2.1mm > Micro USB DC adapter > DAC
USB Audio Card
SOtM tX-USBexp USB 3.0 Audio Card
External power via LPS, connecting to upper x1 PCIe slot
Power Filter Card
Elfidelity Rainbow Sugar 2 Hi-Fi Audio Power Filter Card
Internal power filtering, connecting to upper x16 PCIe slot
AudioQuest Carbon USB Cable, 0.75m/2.5ft
For connection to DAC
AudioQuest JitterBug USB Filter
SOtM tX-USBexp > AQ JitterBug > AQ Carbon > DAC
Adafruit MicroUSB to 5.5x2.1mm DC Barrel Jack Adapter
Convert 5.5x2.1mm DC jack (from HDPLEX LPS XLR to 5.5x2.1mm DC cable) to Micro USB, for DAC
Pro-Ject Pre Box S2 Digital, Silver
5V Micro USB power
Thank y'all very much in advance! Cheers,