After long thoughts I have decided to manage all my music via a PC (and Winamp) connected directly to my existing Yamaha home theatre system through a USB DAC. However, before deciding what DAC to buy, I would need first to be sure that my PC is suitable to the task.
Here is my question: does it make any diference what PC is used to send music to the DAC through its USB 2 port? This PC is a very simple Atom netbook with 1 GB RAM only and running Win 7 Starter Edition, and it's rather slow in general. Should a more powerful processor or more RAM be preferred?
This home theatre system is rather old but still satisfactory, at least to my ears. It has two digital connectors, although I understand I should use the analog connectors to receive the converted signals from the DAC, right?
Later in the year I might decide to replace the Yamaha system with a more modern amplifier and better speakers, but even in that case I would keep using an USB DAC.
Can somebody please help me with my question regarding the PC capabilities.