First thing i want to say is
This is not a gaming pc
I am sure i will still get a bunch of comments about how this rig is so bad for gaming.
This is a PBX build, so for what i am using it for, it will be fine. Price vs performance is the main reason for the parts choice of this build
I will explain the choices in the parts reviews below.
My one issue is i did not pay attention to the fact that the motherboard did not have onboard video, however i did have a old video card laying around. I only need a video card powerful enough to run linux command line.
The pictures could of been better, but i took them with a crappy camera phone.
The green PCB on the video card bothers me a bit, but i can deal with it......
I needed a processor that was proven and somewhat powerful that had 8 cores, this system runs linux and pbx software, so it will take advantage of all 8 cores full time. So after looking at power vs price point, this is the best choice my client.
This may be a strange choice, i needed to go with a motherboard that looks good, but also does what i want, however i made a error in ordering, and it did not have onboard video, however that was fixed because i had a video card laying around doing nothing. The only thing that i needed the video card to run is command line in linux. so the weaker video card is fine for this.
I have used kingston since the beginning and always use hyperX for builds, it is dependable, they have outstanding customer service and i like the looks of it. The PBX systems use a lot of ram, and 8 gigs would not of been enough, so i use a higher amount of ram to prevent bottlenecking during times of higher loads.
I have used Western Digital from the start, i trust them. I think they do really good under heavy loads during long term. I have never had any issues with them. The PBX does not require high speeds like some other things, that is why i am not using a SSD. The higher price just does not justify a SSD in this build.
This case is not as durable as i like, but it works and was easy to work with. I just wish it had a more solid feel. Let me be clear, this is not a bad case, i just think it feels weak. The case is cheap so i understand. For what i needed it for, it worked out just fine. But more than likely i will not be using this case for another build, but if you want to do a cheap gaming rig, it may be ok for you.
I like it all the way around, very easy to work with, and the fact that all the sleeve are black makes the cables look really good without having to buy costly sleeves (i would not of anyway for this) but for others, this may be important. It is quiet, clean and seems to run good, at least in short term.
It is a DVD writer....... Not much you can say about it, it works, it is needed to upload software, data and other stuff that requires a DVDs and CD for the clients.
Cheap monitor, and it works. As stated above, it only needs to see a linux command line, so the monitor stats to me was not that important.
I needed a cheap keyboard to live to my client, so i gave him this one. I wanted to stay with mostly new items, so this will work. To be honest, the keyboard will rarely ever be used outside of the setup of the system, it will be accessed remotely for the most part.