Suggestions about nice Computer based transport/player

I have resigned from car audio and recently put together a decent Home stereo system. The only missing item is a source which I want to be computer based. Even though I want best possible sound but I also want ease of operating it using a phone or tablet. This thing will sit with rest of my system and will use USB out to Metrum DAC. Not looking for NAS or server kind of stuff.

So I would be looking to DIY a computer based trasnport with cd drive to rip my 1200-1500 CDs to SSD drive. I am not in a mood to spend too much on Innuos or Antiobodes based systems and I guess I can do a decent job with right components. I have already bought a Matrix Audio X USB card. I have also shortlisted Streacom alpha FC10od and HDPlex cases and HDPlex 200W LPS. But I have no idea which mobo, cpu should I go for. Total budget is $1200-1500.

Currently I have attached a old laptop with 300GB music to Metrum Adagio via Anticables 3.1 which I thought was quite an upgrade to stock USB cable, EAR 868L, Threshold SA/1 monoblocks, Focal Electra1038 BE and decent cables. Sound output is quite good honestly I guess with good CAT things will be even better.


I am surprised no answers.  I can't help much with the DIY part but there ought to be plenty of forums to help with that--I would suggest Computer Audiophile but any basic Computer Forum should suffice.

  Once the machine is built I guess that you woud need a Linnux (?) based controlling app?  I would have recommended Audirvana +, but not sure if that will work with anything that isn't Mac OS or Windows.

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