Description

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......

Part Reviews

CPU

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.

Motherboard

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.

Memory

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.

Storage

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.

Case

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.

Power Supply

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.

Optical Drive

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.

Monitor

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.

Keyboard

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.

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Comments

  • 40 months ago
  • 4 points

This is one powerful business computer.

Thumbs up.

  • 45 months ago
  • 3 points

This is not a gaming pc

This is a PBX build

I can't critique this. I believe you did a good job. +1

  • 45 months ago
  • 2 points

Good use of the FX-8320. I like this a lot.

  • 45 months ago
  • 4 points

if i recall, you are a linux user, so you would understand more then a lot of people would

  • 45 months ago
  • 3 points

Yep. No need for graphics in a headless system like this. And the FX-8320 soundly beats its nearest Intel competitors from a multi-threaded standpoint, so this is a legitimate use for one. :D

Bit of a bummer that the board didn't include any graphics whatsoever - throwing in a lousy chip like an ATI ES1000 or something couldn't possibly cost them that much. :/ Looks like you sorted that out, though.

  • 45 months ago
  • 2 points

yeah, tbh, i was really lucky i had the card laying around. i noticed after the order that it did not have a video output, so i ran around for a bit trying to figure out what to do, then i was like... o i have a weak video card that is not ever going to do anything else anyway.

  • 45 months ago
  • 2 points

Linux = win 'nuff said (such a hypocrite I'm using win 10) (but got ubuntu 16.04 LTS in dual boot) (and I know that yours is different)

  • 45 months ago
  • 2 points

Very good WS build. Solid. +1

  • 45 months ago
  • 2 points

Great build Dave. Why didn't you get (insert item) instead for better gaming performance? Lol

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

you already know matt

  • 45 months ago
  • 2 points

Ik just making a joke lol

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

ik, lol

  • 45 months ago
  • 2 points

Lol, this is great. Nice job!

  • 45 months ago
  • 2 points

BET YOU CAN'T PLAY ALL THE GAMEZ ON 900000+ fps!!!

I love a common-sense build. That FX-8320 will crush in this application, sweet build for a purpose!

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

i will play the crap out of some pong...

also thank you

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  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

The computer is using opensuse command line, there is no reason at all to invest in anything but the cheapest monitor. Also, SSD was not in the budget, i wanted to, and my client build 4 has one and water cooling and all that.

SO yeah, the reason for the cheap monitor is because the only thing that will ever show on it is a black screen and some text. The reason i did not go out and just find a really cheap used monitor is mainly because i always will use all new parts. Everything is hand selected to run a PBX for the best results.

Most of the time, i dont even buy the monitor, but this person wanted one to hook to it. Same with the keyboard.

Thank you for the comment and question.

  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

https://pcpartpicker.com/b/nbKBD3
is the build with the SSD, water cooling and i think just generally looks good.