This might be specific only to me, but I kinda observe, and faster to install Ubuntu server and add a GUI lateron, that wait for Ubuntu-Desktop edition to fully install.
While installing Ubuntu Server, I just add OpenSSH Server to enable me connect to the server from another PC.
Login to Ubuntu Server, sudo into root and do the following:
1) Update the installation
command: apt-get update
2) command: tasksel
- scroll down and select Ubuntu desktop
while installation is going on, my screen looks like this:
after installation, reboot the server, and it'll reboot into GUI.
You can now login into Ubuntu Server with GUI.
The above was confirmed with Ubuntu 16.04.2 LTS, codename Xenial.