Description

I built this home server out of both new and existing parts to handle whatever I needed to throw at it while remaining inexpensive. At the moment, it handles network printing, Pi-Hole, a virtual machine for a private Discord bot, and some charity computing such as folding@home - more is planned in the future. Storage is straightforward; the SSD is the boot drive and the Seagate is for storage. The total system cost, counting the existing parts, comes out to around $500. I plan to sell off the Wraith stock cooler, as the RGB ring would be wasted in here. I haven't tried overclocking the RAM yet for stability reasons, but I know that Ryzen likes faster RAM frequency, so at some point I'll probably do that and see how far it can go.

Operating system is Xubuntu 18.04, Bionic Beaver. I chose Xubuntu over Ubuntu Server partly because I'm lazy, and partly because I wanted to have an X server going, in case I start using it to host game servers distributed on Steam and whatnot.

Sorry for the bad, lone picture. I wasn't originally planning to upload this to PCPP, and I don't really want to move it right now since it's actually in use. P:

Part Reviews

CPU

I love how you can now casually get an 8 core, 16 thread CPU for less than $200. This thing is amazing, especially with how much the price has dropped. Even with all the cores being pounded hard, and with a cheap air cooler, temps don't exceed around 60 degrees. Great budget server chip.

Motherboard

I had this for a different build before, but it didn't actually get used for that. It only has one case fan header, and is quite picky about RAM - make sure you check Gigabyte's website for supported memory. Those are my only real complaints, though. For good news, it has four RAM slots and a fair layout.

Fun fact, it's actually an X370 board even though it's branded as B350. It just doesn't have a lot of features you'd expect from X370.

Video Card

I only need this to get video output, and it fulfills that job just fine. Had I gone with an APU, or an Intel CPU, I would've definitely just used the iGPU on that and called it a day.

Case

Had this sitting around after the disassembly of a previous system. Basically has no cable management at all, and looks ugly, with no paint on the interior. Nowadays, you can get better cases at its price point, such as the DIYPC MA08, so it's a little tough to recommend here in 2019. But if you have this case already, it does fine.

Comments

  • 4 months ago
  • 7 points

Before anyone asks why he didn't spend more on a better GPU, it's a server. Nice build mate!

  • 4 months ago
  • 2 points

I mean, if the poster labeled their title correctly, this comment wouldn't even be necessary.

Oh wait...

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

I was just thinking what would be the cheapest possible GPU considering the CPU doesn't have integrated video before I started reading comments lol. I can totally see someone demanding a better GPU but if the system ever gets repurposed into a gaming rig OP has the option!

  • 4 months ago
  • 3 points

Looks don’t matter as long as it just gets the job done! Nice cheap build, great value too! Just a question, why did you get a 8gb stick when you could have gotten 2x4gb?

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

It was slightly cheaper, I was lazy, and I'm not expecting to reap significant benefits from dual channel memory. Haha. I know I'm not getting the full performance out of it as a result, but it's not an issue for me yet.

  • 4 months ago
  • 3 points

Yeah makes cents... get it???? Hahaha I’m dumb.

  • 4 months ago
  • 2 points

Wendell would be proud. You're using Htop!

Just be sure to configure the rest of your network to block hard coded DNS requests (like from Google devices and apps) so that your PiHole gets used for those devices.

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

Yep, it's done. Thanks for the tip.

  • 4 months ago
  • 2 points

Impressive!

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  • 4 months ago
  • -2 points

it's a server. Not much to see