Desktop workstation build without need for graphics


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Hello all,

Thanks in advance for any help.

I'm looking to build a desktop workstation to run work simulations. It's CPU intensive, so I won't be needing anything more than onboard-quality video (also, using Linux instead of Windows, so no gaming). I'm interested in the AMD Ryzen 7 series because it gives great parallelization for a good price, but it doesn't appear to come with onboard video. Maybe that difference wipes out the price gains over i7? There are older discrete cards for under $100. Do these compare with Intel onboard speeds?

If there is any advice about my build below, I'm happy to hear it! My budget is around $800 ideally, but can go to $1000 if needed. Right now the Ryzen 7 1700x is on sale at NewEgg for $190. I would also like 16GB RAM. Don't need Windows for this build, so I'll save a bit there. By current build plan is this, which prices out to about $730 +tax on NewEgg, but it's still missing the GPU:

CPU     AMD RYZEN 7 1700X
Motherboard     ASUS ROG STRIX B350-F
Memory     Corsair Vengeance LPX 8GB Memory Kit
Case     Corsair Carbide Series Clear 400C
Drive     GIGABYTE UD Pro 2.5" 256GB
Optical Drive     Asus Black SATA 24X DVDRW E-Green No Logo Model
PSU     EVGA SuperNOVA 650
CPU Cooler     Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO - CPU Cooler with 120mm PWM Fan




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Build looks good. You'll want two sticks of memory to properly utilize the bandwidth of DDR4. As far as graphics cards, yes you'll need some sort of graphics. Integrated graphics, performance even today is still pretty bad. If you purchase an entry level graphics card from this generation, it should all be fine.