Description

Created a dual boot system that uses VirtualBox with Windows 10 and Ubuntu 17.04. I have each O/S installed on each of the SSD cards as stand alone with the boot record only on that drive. Using VirtualBox, I can boot into Windows and run Ubuntu as a guest in a VM. I can then reboot using F11 to pick Ubuntu to boot to and then run Windows as a guest in a VM.

Windows boots in about 20 seconds. Ubuntu boots in about 15 seconds.

Even with 5 fans, it is not that loud. Quieter than my last machine.

The motherboard had the mounting hardware for the CPU cooler already installed, I did not have do anything but clip it in place.

I am not trying to overclock. I am quite happy with it the way it is.

The only confusing part was the Power supply names of the connectors and the extra CPU power plug on the motherboard did not match. Had to do some research to make sure they were compatible and they are. Using a split connector together works.

Had it for 2 weeks now and it is working pretty well.

If you want to read about my adventures in making it dual boot, go here: https://forums.virtualbox.org/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=84265&p=400158#p400158

Part Reviews

CPU

This thing screams! I really wanted the 8 cores since I am running virtual machines. It is the perfect match.

CPU Cooler

It fit my Ryzen 7 1700x just fine. It is keeping it cool as it should.

Motherboard

I am completely happy with this motherboard. I am not a gamer, but needed something fast and able to handle lots of disk and memory. I am using it to run Virtual Machines.

The cooler mount was already installed and it fit the Cooler Master Hyper T2 54.8 CFM Sleeve Bearing cooler out of the box. All I had to do was clip it on.

Memory

They worked the first time and continue to work. No issues with compatibility at all.

Storage

So far so good. I was concerned about the low cost. It has only been a couple of weeks. I have 2 of these. Windows 10 installed on one and Ubuntu 17.04 on the other. Both are working with no problems. Very fast too. Ubuntu boots in about 15 seconds and Windows in about 20 seconds.

Storage

Fast and quiet. Just what I wanted.

Case

Other than it is a bit tall for a mid sized case, it is what I was looking for. The fans are not as loud as you would think. It fits everything I needed and it is very low in cost. What more can I ask for. Yes, the top fans blowing up are kind of weird. They tend to prevent me from putting anything up there. That is about the only downside I have to this case.

Power Supply

Works perfectly. The only concern I had was that the MB had a CPU extra power connector that had a name that was not on the Power Supply. A quick search and I found that any split connector would work in that connector. Just a little confusing. Considering how helpful the labels are to begin with, I am amazed that all the rest are labeled to match everything else.

Monitor

Feather light weight! I am amazed how light this is. It works very well. For such a low cost this is an amazing monitor. I would buy another one if I needed it.

UPS

This is the 3rd one of these in my house. I like it so much I put one on everything that I want to have some battery back up during short power outages.

Custom

For my sues, this card is reasonably priced and meets my needs.

Custom

I am concerned about this set. Most of the time they work. In only 2 weeks I have had some problems with characters not showing up or repeating when they should not. The mouse does get erratic every now and then too. Can't be batteries as it has only been 2 weeks.

I moved the USB piece to a front port and that seems to help. Not happy if it is that picky about when I plug it in. I hate wasting a front USB port for the keyboard and mouse.

EDIT: After a couple of months, I have had no more problems. Moving the dongle solved the problem. Still frustrating that I had to do it though.

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