Building the BEAST

We needed a fast machine for video recording on short notice at work, so I built one this weekend. With the exception of the RAID controller, plugging everything together and configuring it was pretty easy. It makes no sense to me that you can grab a bunch of random parts from different manufacturers, connect them up, and have a machine that boots. Hardware engineers are just smarter than us softies.


Big pile of parts


The emptiness of this case is daunting


There are about a billion little wires in here. When I turn it on, it boots. There’s no way this works based on any laws of physics.


I have to clean my room


The nVidia GTX 570 is the size of a netbook.

The BEAST’s specs:

  • 4 TB disk – 2 TB in RAID0
  • AMD Phenom II 1100 – 6 cores @ 3.3 Ghz
  • 8 GB 1600 Mhz HyperX RAM
  • GTX 570 1280 MB RAM

Can record gameplay footage of ROBLOX running at 1920×1200, lossless capture at 30 FPS – 80MB/s. Mission accomplished!