Me and Roon definitely don’t get on.
This is an Intel NUC8i3BEK (that means 8th generation i3) with 8GB RAM and a 128 GB SSD.
This is the same spec at a Roon Nucleus (not Nucleus+) with, I think, a larger SSD that you won’t ever need. However it doesn’t have the fancy Nucleus case / heatsink so has a small variable speed fan that will kick in occasionally.
Most importantly it has Roon ROCK installed on it, I’ve even (re)added the mp3 codecs so you don’t have to do that particular little dance.
Theoretically you just need to plug an ethernet cable in the back, install the Roon controller on your PC, tablet, phone, wevs, and you’re Rooning.
This is the front page of the raw OS to show that it’s up. The Roon UI itself is a much bigger deal.
It’s festooned with USB sockets so you could just plug a USB DAC straight into it, or use it to drive any other Roon endpoint.
Cost me £365 + VAT = £438
Yours for £260 shipped in the UK.