Since Steve rarely does anything on the "cheap", this system was destined to be a screamer.
The parts list included:
AMD Phenom II X6 1100T Black Edition Thuban 3.3GHz, 3.7GHz Turbo 6 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM3 125W Six-Core Desktop Processor
MSI Radeon HD 6870
Ubuntu 11.04, Gnome3, Unity
Steve and I spent a couple hours opening boxes, whistling through our teeth, and putting parts together to be greeted by a system that any small company would love to have (or NASA).
I is fast ... so fast ... unbelievably fast.
Did I mention how fast it was?
The best part, we got to save the $550 we normally would have shelled out for Windows 7 64 bit Ultimate and anti-virus products.