is born! (Picture gallery.)
The case was shipped from New Jersey and got here on Friday, but I had to wait until Monday for the rest of the parts. They had to come all the way from
Canada. Yeah, I'm not sure why either.
120 mm case fans, quad core, 4 GB RAM, 3 TB disk (software RAID-5). There were a few minor problems with the case and the motherboard. I had to remove the top fan, since the power supply covers part of the fan grate. One of the fan molex conectors had a loose pin. The screwless PCI card holder didn't fit some of my cards. And there was barely
enough clearance between any of the regular PCI slots, and I had to use all of them. It wasn't a bad build though. POSTed on the first try, and the end result is nice and organized.
I tried to install my OS of choice (Gentoo) on it last night, but I was too tired and inexperienced with linux software RAID, and 64-bit linux. Not confusing ia64 and em64t would have saved me some time. Plus, I was really worried because not every boot disk would detect my SATA disks, and the only ones that did required the
kernel option. Fortunately, the latest kernel has no such trouble.
As I said, I've never done linux software RAID before, but I think what I have will be useful. I have 3 disks with 1TB each. The boot and root partitions are RAID-1 with 1 "spare partition", and the rest is RAID-5 over all 3. The RAID-5 partitions use LVM2, so I can mess with the partitions if I find out that 1TB of movies is too much, or 100GB of music isn't enough.
I let the RAID-5 write its parity data overnight, and installed the rest of Gentoo today. Next up: moving and sometimes recovering my old data. I hope.