Mind posting your build once you're satisfied with it, Dave? I might be building a music server for someone who isn't computer literate and have been considering building a cheaper variant of Computer Audiophile's pocket server. Due to too many years building gaming PCs, I'm having to repeatedly remind myself that I don't need to shove in a pair of GeForce cards in SLI to play flacs through Foobar.
Any thoughts on the Auraliti PK90, btw? I figure the MSRP ($749) is at least twice the BOM, but I read a few favorable comments so I'm curious, if only on an academic level.
Chances are I'll spend a few nights on silent PC review and hash something out under $800. I'm kind of annoyed that Win7 OEM will run $100-130 of the cost, but I'm not going to go the Hackintosh route for this one. Foobar Media Library is just too good If only they'd start selling Anedios again...
Sure, I'd be happy to. Right now it's looking like this:
Case: Lian Li PC-A04 ($100), chosen for decent ventilation that can be dust filtered, and light weight. Thin aluminum is a normally problematic with silent PCs, but since this will be fanless, vibration shouldn't be an issue. The drive cage and all fans will be removed. The Fractal Arc Mini has even better ventilation which is good for passive cooling, but it weighs twice as much.
Motherboard: Asus E35M1-M Pro ($120). This is a passively cooled Micro ATX board running AMD's E-350 processor. The E-350 is a better performer than the Intel Atom. I chose Micro ATX rather than Mini ITX for future proofing reasons. The board has a PCI-e slot and two PCI slots, and you can't get all of those together on a Mini ITX board. It also supports a full 8GB of ram.
Hard drive: 1TB Samsung EcoGreen ($140), which will be inside the Smart Drive Neo enclosure ($75), mounted in one of the CD drive bays.
RAM: 8GB of G.skill DDR3 ($45). Tons of ram is important for large playlists or high-res files in JPlay.
Power supply: For this, I may actually go with the Seasonic X-560 ($120), rather than a completely passive supply. The Seasonic is "semi-passive", and under light load conditions, the fan stays off. The E-350 never draws more than 50W, so the fan should never come on. If things start to get too hot though, the fan is there as a backup, so there's no risk of dangerously high temperatures which is a possibility with no fan at all. The Seasonic's iron grip on voltage and ripple are also a plus. You just don't get results like that with a power brick.
Interface: A wireless mini keyboard/trackpad. JPlay is controlled entirely by the keyboard, so something like this makes a lot of sense as a remote: http://www.amazon.com/CE-Compass-Wireless-Keyboard-Touchpad/dp/B004VPXLDI/ref=sr_1_7?ie=UTF8&qid=1320391865&sr=8-7
The total cost will be around $600, plus the $300 SoTM card, and a copy of Windows 7 64 and JPlay.
The Auraliti is really not a bad value, but the issue is powering it, and storing your music. A Hynes 12V supply for it and a high quality silent hdd enclosure like the HFX box would run you over a thousand dollars, more than the cost of my entire DIY system. You could use the brick supply and a NAS in a different room (assuming you''ve already got ethernet wired for that) but I think my ~10lb. all in one box is more practical.