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I built this machine primarily to run Ubuntu so that I could build Android ROMs.

I apologize for the low quality pictures. I will try to upload more if anyone wants to see something specific. Also, the blue led in the front is a Cooler Master 4-in-3 HDD rack where my four 2TB drives are stored in three 5.25 drive slots and there is a blue LED fan in there that blows air over the hard drives. Because of this I am going to change the red LED fan to a blue LED bitfenix.

Processor: I wanted six cores because I would be building Android and so far this processor has been absolutely amazing.

Motherboard: The MSI motherboard is extremely feature packed but I am currently on the second replacement. The first board I received blew a capacitor and almost caught on fire inside the case, and the second board would randomly delete my RAID arrays.

Hard Drives: The four 2TB drives are running in a RAID 10 array to be used for storage. The two 64GB SSD are in RAID 0 and used to boot Windows 8. And the 128GB SSD is used to boot Ubuntu. On windows using CrystalDiskUtility I get about 750 MB/s 4k sequential reads with the two SSD drives in RAID 0

Graphics: I did not build this primarily to play games but I did want to be able to play some games. The only game I have really played is Call of Duty Black Ops 2 and with all settings maxed out running on one monitor with stock GPU clock I was getting up to 202 fps in multiplayer gameplay.

Overall: After I got the motherboard issues ironed out the computer ran Windows absolutely great. I love the keyboard and mouse and the temperatures are pretty reasonable. Through trial and error I did get the computer to boot up and run at speeds up to 5.1 GHz but the temps were too high to even stress test.

Linux: As I said the idea of the build was to build Android in Ubuntu so naturally once I got the computer running Windows smoothly I tried to install Ubuntu. This proved to be a huge pain and I spent days on forums talking to multiple people. The messages I got seemed to signify a failure on a SATA port and ultimately through much trial and error and disconnecting and reformatting hard drives I discovered that the LG DVD drive was causing the problem. I have never heard of a DVD drive not working with Linux but the computer will not boot if the drive is plugged into the board.

Upgrades: I do plan to eventually add another 32GB of RAM and most likely a second graphics card because I do like gaming more than I anticipated. I also am considering changing the Noctua unit to a Corsair H100 because the Noctua is huge inside the case.

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  • 80 months ago
  • 1 point

Why so many hard drives and ssd's man I would of went with 2 ssd's and 2 hard drives then you could have got you a better video card and you could have gotten two Gtx 770's or somthing

  • 79 months ago
  • 1 point

I originally planned on RAID 0 SSD boot drive for Linux because I wanted maximum performance with Android building but after I realized the headache of running Linux on a RAID setup I wished I had two 128 GB SSD's.

For storage I wanted data backup with pretty good performance to keep up with the SSD so I decided to use a RAID 10 setup hence the four disk drives. I don't game that much and GTX 7xx series wasn't out yet but I am considering upgrading to two 770's or a 780 and run triple monitors (software developer)

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