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White Rhino

by MnMintLab

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Built for 3D video editing and recording music.. Also some games.

I'm currently having problems installing Windows 8.1.. Recovery error states my removable storage devices are either failing or not hooked up properly. Both drives show up in BIOS as Samsung 850 EVO 500GB, just like they should.

Samsung M.2 512GB SSD is not being recognized.

Bios booted on first attempt. Overclocked CPU to 4.0Ghz with no problems. All hardware besides M.2 is recognized and functioning properly.

Updating BIOS by flash drive tomorrow. Maybe that will solve my problems..

First build, so I'm not 100% sure I'm doing everything correctly. Any advice would be awesome.

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Red_Eagle 7 points 37 months ago

I love your custom helicopter +1

sexy fans

MnMintLab submitter 1 Build 3 points 37 months ago

It's kinda hot in these Rhinos..

wampflerman 1 Build 1 point 18 months ago

upvoted for ace ventura

EdInk 11 Builds 3 points 37 months ago

It appears your mobo supports M.2 SATA 6Gb/s module or M.2 PCIe module up to 32Gb/s speed as the Samsung 950 Pro is a PCIe SSD perhaps check that the correct mode is selected in the BIOS. If you intend installing OS on M.2, clear BIOS and unplug other drives prior to installation.

MnMintLab submitter 1 Build 1 point 37 months ago

Thanks! I'll give it a shot.

When you say clear BIOS, do you mean reset to original settings?

Ayrze 1 Build 2 points 37 months ago

Nice studio layout!

MnMintLab submitter 1 Build 1 point 37 months ago

Thanks a lot man!

tadtheman28 2 Builds 2 points 37 months ago

This is a powerful PC dude, nice job.

MnMintLab submitter 1 Build 1 point 37 months ago

Thanks.

underartist 2 points 37 months ago

Jeeezus...how is that beast not hovering? Awesome build.

MnMintLab submitter 1 Build 2 points 37 months ago

Thanks! It keeps me cool just sitting by it..

OccamAsylum 15 Builds 2 points 37 months ago

Uh... Excuse me I need to go change.

MnMintLab submitter 1 Build 1 point 37 months ago

Haha thanks!

floridaboz 4 Builds 2 points 37 months ago

that is one powerhouse of a computer

+142

MnMintLab submitter 1 Build 2 points 37 months ago

Looking forward to using it

muckyduck_ 1 Build 2 points 37 months ago

So I hear you like rgb fans. :D

+1 for breathtaking setup

MnMintLab submitter 1 Build 1 point 37 months ago

Haha thanks!

Chillsabre 2 Builds 2 points 37 months ago

Galax is always a +1 in my book!

bobdude_01 3 Builds 2 points 37 months ago

I love those Galax graphics cards! The coolers and backplates on them look fantastic! +1 for really sticking with the white theme!

MnMintLab submitter 1 Build 1 point 37 months ago

Thanks man! I'll be replacing all the cables with white ones soon!

Sawdog 2 Builds 2 points 37 months ago

Amazing build! Looks superb.

MnMintLab submitter 1 Build 1 point 37 months ago

Thanks!

maddog62 1 Build 2 points 37 months ago

As a PT Video Editor, I am jealous of the raw horsepower and memory. The color looks cool too. I like the fans too ... if you get hot, you can just sit next to them. ;>D Enjoy!

P.S. I'm guessing you don't live in the US. Otherwise, the prices would be lower.

MnMintLab submitter 1 Build 1 point 37 months ago

Yeah man I'm looking forward to working on with it! It does keep the area cool for sure..

I do live in the U.S. What did I pay too much for?

maddog62 1 Build 1 point 37 months ago

My bad. I misread some of the component info. Sorry about that.

Perhaps I'm just jealous of the build ... full of envy!!!

MnMintLab submitter 1 Build 1 point 37 months ago

No problem! Thanks.

commodore64 3 Builds 2 points 37 months ago

Any reason for two separate 500 GB drives as opposed to a 1 TB (which would have cost less)?

MnMintLab submitter 1 Build 1 point 37 months ago

I'll be building another (smaller) computer in the near future so I can have something else to use while this one is rendering..

I wanted to be able to swap drives. I'll have video/photo programs on one and music production on the other.. I'll probably be adding another one shortly for games.

M.2 is for everything else..

commodore64 3 Builds 1 point 37 months ago

Gotcha, makes sense.

AddisonKwong 2 points 37 months ago

+1 for Galax card any1?

pwelch234 2 points 37 months ago

Wish my first build was like this

MnMintLab submitter 1 Build 1 point 37 months ago

Thanks!

NitroOG 2 points 37 months ago

Nice build.

MnMintLab submitter 1 Build 1 point 37 months ago

Thank you.

TykoTaco 2 points 37 months ago

damn this is a sexy setup and pc!

MnMintLab submitter 1 Build 1 point 37 months ago

Thanks Taco!

mphershey 2 Builds 2 points 37 months ago

Wasnt expecting what i saw upon reaching pics 7 & 8.... impressive, great photography angle too. In PC Customization story telling, nice plot twist

hmm wow, 3-5 fans, nice airflow... aaand theres dozens more

MnMintLab submitter 1 Build 1 point 37 months ago

Lol thanks. I ended up starting over about 3 times because my wire management was out of control.. A couple of the pics are from different attempts..

xolot1 1 Build 2 points 37 months ago

That case is massive, I'm surprised it doesn't come with wheels!

Were you able to install windows?

MnMintLab submitter 1 Build 1 point 37 months ago

That's why I called it White Rhino! I plan on adding robotic legs in the future! Watch out!

Still haven't figured out the windows issue. Attempting again tonight with a BIOS flash and SSD formatting..

phiya 2 Builds 1 point 37 months ago

Did you have any installations of windows on the drives prior to using them in this build? That can often screw up new installs. Other than that I would try BIOS update, and contact MSI for more help if needed.

MnMintLab submitter 1 Build 1 point 37 months ago

Thanks for the advice. Everything is brand new... Haven't gotten around to contacting MSI yet. Updating BIOS tonight.

UnicornWarriorrr 1 point 37 months ago

Those fans lmao I'm buying so many of those for my very special next build

MnMintLab submitter 1 Build 1 point 37 months ago

LOL They look better in person!!

UnicornWarriorrr 1 point 37 months ago

I can even imagine lmao they will be in my possession very soon though, can't wait :)

someta 4 Builds 1 point 37 months ago

1) Nice build!

2) As for your Windows problem, the only thing I can think of is that you have something plugged into the wrong SATA port. I know on my MSI Z97S Krait some SATA ports are disabled when using M.2. I haven't researched your board to see if that's the case, but it might be worth looking into if you haven't tried all the ports yet.

I assume you've probably tried this, but there's one thing you might not have tried: temporarily installing Linux on the drive to confirm it's a Windows issue and not a hardware or BIOS problem. If a different OS can be installed, I'd imagine it's something wrong with Windows.

MnMintLab submitter 1 Build 1 point 37 months ago

Thank you! I have my SSDs connected to SATA port 1&2. SATA 5 and 6 are disabled with M.2 installed. I'll try installing a different OS and see what happens. I appreciate the advice.

someta 4 Builds 1 point 37 months ago

No problem! Just backup first - I keep getting an Unidentified Network issue in Windows 8.1 after running a live CD, so if there's any actual data on the computer (or if you ever want to switch distros), backup backup backup!

MnMintLab submitter 1 Build 1 point 37 months ago

Everything is blank.. When updating the BIOS, does the drive I put the update on have to be empty? I've seen this asked by quite a few people, but never answered.. Excuse my lack of knowledge..

someta 4 Builds 1 point 37 months ago

not sure... if everything is blank, it sounds to me like the drivers for the video card got uninstalled somewhere along the way. Is there any official documentation on flashing the BIOS? I looked into it once and I think you were supposed to use some sort of installer to format the drive for DOS, but I don't remember exactly...

MnMintLab submitter 1 Build 1 point 37 months ago

I mean it's all new.. I haven't installed anything, or changed anything, except overclocking the CPU..

Are you talking about formatting the flash drive?

Thanks for the info.

CDUB03 1 Build 1 point 37 months ago

Make sure that your Bios boot option is set to EFI. That should enable you to boot to the NVMe drive and load OS.

MnMintLab submitter 1 Build 1 point 37 months ago

Thanks! I'll check it out tonight. I appreciate the advice!

JeffFlowers 1 point 37 months ago

Have you formatted your M.2 drive in computer management and partitioned the drive? As others have said there might be an issue with your sata ports?? "The SATA Express port or SATA5~6 ports will be unavailable when installing the M.2" I found this I doubt that's the issue but you never know.

Otherwise a great build and I hope it's just an easy fix!

MnMintLab submitter 1 Build 1 point 37 months ago

Thanks!

Have not formatted M.2..

I have my SSDs connected to SATA 1&2.. What is confusing to me is that they show up in the BIOS.. If they were failing, or not connected properly, wouldn't the SATA ports show as being empty? Like the M.2...

JeffFlowers 1 point 37 months ago

You issue is with the two Samsung drives, correct? Windows 8.1 has not been installed? Are you using a flash drive to install windows?

I ask all of this because you stated

"Recovery error states my removable storage devices are either failing or not hooked up properly."

This could be an issue with the flash drive you are trying to install windows with. I'm no expert but, removable storage sounds like the flash drive and not the actual ssd's.

As for your M.2 not showing up, apparently it will not be recognized until you switch a setting in the UEFI BIOS.

I found a helpful video here on setting up the M.2:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v7PEBscJbno

MnMintLab submitter 1 Build 1 point 37 months ago

I'm installing windows from a disc..

Thanks for the info.

mlach 4 Builds 1 point 37 months ago

It's a thing of beauty. But a case of this magnitude just screams for a custom water loop. Any plans for one?

MnMintLab submitter 1 Build 1 point 37 months ago

Thanks.

Probably in the future.. It seemed a little out of my league for a first build.

LazyGalen 1 point 37 months ago

Hey MnMintLab, Thanks for sharing this build. I'm been thinking about your progress ever since we talked a little while ago. Everything here looks amazing! Very well chosen parts an design... You've got lots of air in there; I like that. I see you up'd the budget from where you originally were going, and it looks worth every dollar. Editing Blackmagic and Reason painlessly here you come! Absolutely killer!

About your 950 pro, I'm guessing you were trying to get it up as a boot drive in UEFI bios and it's still not being recognized? I hope you got it working. Aside from using the Samsung nvme driver instead of the Windows driver, and adjusting the advanced devices configuration bios for the pcie (nvme) your ssd is in, I don't know precisely. Though I did see another recent build with the same motherboard and pcie as you. Recent builds with the same components could be a great resource for in depth troubleshoot.

Your studio looks great and this system looks mint!

LazyGalen

MnMintLab submitter 1 Build 1 point 37 months ago

Thank you! You've helped me a lot. I'm definitely looking forward to using it. Hopefully it can last me 2-3 years with only a few upgrades along the way..

To be honest, I'm kind of at a loss on setting up the system. The assembly seems to be easier than setting up the software/firmware side of things. I thought all I would have to do after getting the bios to boot is arrange the boot order and install Windows from disc to one of my SSDs.

I've tried installing Windows on one of the regular SSDs, but no luck..

The only I can think of now is that I have the M.2 enabled and I think I'm trying to install it to one of regular SSDs, while the computer is still trying to access the M.2 SSD. But the recovery windows specifically states that the problem is a "removable storage device has either been disconnected, or is failing.."

Any advice would be awesome.

Thanks again.

LazyGalen 1 point 37 months ago

Yeah Totally! I want to feel the air your fans, and hear the editing bliss! Wish the best for you. At this point of installation, try isolating the system with a minimum of connected devices (on-board video, boot drive(sata dvd) and installation destination (950). Try having Windows and firmware from optical disk drive... where you have one sata occupied (make sure dvd is placed on one that your motherboard manual says can be used with a pcie installed) and your 950 in place. Borrow or find a ps/2 keyboard. I know it sounds weird. Disconnect all other sata and usb devices, and go in from there at a minimum of connected devices, adjust bios to recommended settings from there. Ask MSI or somebody knowing about the bios settings. That motherboard is supposed to take that ssd right!

LazyGalen 1 point 37 months ago

and just onboard networking.

LazyGalen 1 point 37 months ago

Having this much airflow out the top in this configuration is cool.

ToNarniaAndBeyond 1 point 36 months ago

Great build man, your friend actually asked me to help you out awhile ago and i just logged in and saw that so , for the 950 pro you must unplug all the ssd's and boot devices , and install windows to the 950 pro and boot from it , that's the main method i've found to get it to work

Systemsplanet 1 point 35 months ago

Make sure your memory config is supported. I didn't see support for 16gb dimms. You may not get quad channel access in this config. https://www.yumpu.com/en/document/view/39847676/x99-series-dram-qvl-20150519-mpdf-ga1508815131521503978

MnMintLab submitter 1 Build 1 point 31 months ago

Yeah. You were right. I can only get 3 dimms to work at once. I'm guessing I'm in single channel with 3..

XavierBob 1 point 35 months ago

a... a... 5960X not hooked up to a GPU??? uh...uh... what is this?...

jdwohlever 1 point 34 months ago

How did you get the drive cage (on the floor) and the fans (also on the floor of the case) to stay? I see you used the 2 brackets for your side fans, so I am wondering how you got the 2 floor fans and drive bracket to stay in place? Did you order extra brackets or is there a way to keep those fans and drive cage bolted down to the floor with those brackets?

PusheySeeker096 1 point 33 months ago

So. Many. Fans. It looks like it would be super loud.

MnMintLab submitter 1 Build 1 point 32 months ago

I mean. It isn't silent.. Runs for days on full tilt @ 4.6Ghz without breaking a sweat though.

death9251 2 Builds 1 point 33 months ago

This is a really clean build and your are running the basic idea that I was wanting to put together accept I wanted to run the Thermaltake RGB's in Green or a deep blue maybe half and half lol. +1

MnMintLab submitter 1 Build 2 points 32 months ago

Thanks. You'll like the setup if you have the space. I'm always switching the configuration and it's a real smooth case to work with, except the screws/slots for pcie cards. It's not like it makes the case worthless though, I'd definitely buy it again.

death9251 2 Builds 1 point 32 months ago

Your welcome and good to know.

Mr_Lorenzen 1 point 32 months ago

Did you plug in the 3 fans in the radiator into a fan controller?

MnMintLab submitter 1 Build 1 point 32 months ago

No they are plugged into the motherboard.

tizzlehhhd 1 point 29 months ago

How does this drive connect to your motherboard? I typically see m.2 installed in laptops so I just assumed that's what they were designed for. Kinda curious how to implement one one a desktop.

mharris22 1 Build 1 point 21 months ago

Question for you: is there any other way to mount the mobo? I ask because I was thinking of getting this case & buying RGB memory. However, there'd be no point of getting RGB memory if it's going to be blocked by the GPU. Thanks.

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