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Noisy pc what option should I choose?

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    Posted: 27 Jan 2017 at 9:02pm
Hi, I have a home made pc which serves me well, sounds great and is very quick. Trouble is, it has a noisy fan which is permanently active. The pc wasnt constructed by me( im no techie) so should I look at getting components changed to make it silent, or get a tablet pc, if so which one as not all are compatible with a dac?
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What about a laptop? I've recently replaced a home built PC used for Photoshop with a laptop and the fan noise is minimal, if used for web browsing etc. it silent.
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Would prefer no fan at all tbh, can I ask which laptop?
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Fan or no fan will depend on what other activities you need a computer for, I also have a Lenovo Yoga 300 that is fanless and silent but it's not upto serious Photoshop use (other laptop is a Dell XPS 15). Tablets to me always look a bit clumsy when used with a USB adapter to link to a DAC.
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Gary is right, if you are using the PC for photos, video or audio processing, gaming as well as it being a music server heat and fans are probably unavoidable. I tackled the same problem by buying a low noise PSU and cooling fans from a firm called quiet PC.
 
You could also buy or develop a dedicated music server from the Pi units discussed elsewhere on this forum.
 


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As Jon Says, Raspberry PI and PI-DAC+ if you have a DAC, Majestic or Bitzie of course. Alternatively Raspberry Pi and Pi DAC+ as a budget solution, still very good though.
IQ Audio do bundles with everything you need in one package.
I would recommend using Moode OS on the Pi.
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Hello - As others have said, a Raspberry Pi can be the basis of a nice system, don't be put off by the low price. I've recently put a Pi3 based system together using Volumio software which I'm very pleased with.  I use a HiFiBerry Digi board so that I can connect to my Majestic DAC via S/PIDF.  The more recent Digi+ pro includes dedicated dual clocks and Galvanic Isolation, features normally associated with higher end audio gear. I'm using an attached USB SSD drive to store music (FLAC) and a higher end Micro SD card for the main disk so the whole thing is very snappy. The  Volumio software a pleasure to use using either a tablet or phone to control playback via the web interface.

With anything but a dedicated music player, your device will be running background services that you have little control of.  The Pi may be something of a lightweight (relatively speaking) but is more than capable of handling 192/24 compressed FLAC.

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