Just put this together last night and had a blast. This case, first off, is amazing and SO spacious. The only problem we had with it is the HDD Cages. They can only be removed by unscrewing them from the bottom of the tower, unlike the instructions say (simply pull out from the side by removing the 2 screws, which are covered by the frame and unreachable). Lastly, for the case, the 360mm radiator is just too large to fit
an optical drive or fan controller anything, albeit trivial, it is slightly disappointing.
This was an upgrade from my old build and is my 3rd time building a computer on my own, I am staring to appreciate good cable management and cleanliness/open space. The only other thing I am unsure of is the right side door of the case has a weaker magnet on the edges and is held my a latch in the center. The wires in the back put just enough pressure on the case to open it up slightly but I am hoping that won't be a problem (it hasn't been thus far fingerscrossed! )
Now onto the parts. The most aggravating part was the cooler, by far. The instructions are very unclear and the install was grueling. The Screws that go into the radiator strip with a single turn and I had to remove the rubber grommet/washers on the top of the case and use the washers it came with because the screws would sink between them and into the case itself. Other than that, no real problems, other than user error (turning it on i realized something was wrong when it would loop restart and after about an hour of troubleshooting realized I had my RAM in the wrong slots on the left side, x99A no likey that) Received my last three fans today that sit atop the radiator. Installed them after 20 minutes of alignment..... And they don't work. Tried to troubleshoot and ended up with an RMA. Oh well. I will have them reinstalled with more pictures soon enough!!! All of tha tbeing said my pc stays under 38*C under stress (CPU included) buy my GPU sits about 6 degress warmer than that. (read below)
Titan X Pascal
What can I say about this monster? Absolute beast. It runs amazing on shooters and most games in general, although I feel it is lacking when it comes to more demanding games like the Total War Series. It tends to slow down and I still haven't found a sweet spot yet for performance and graphic quality. I am debating on installing MSI Afterburner to play with the GPU a bit, but from what I understand, NVidia has locked its customers out from being able to play with the GPU anyways. Time will tell. Under stress the card runs a little warmer as mentioned previously. I would like to be able to bump it up but I like my parts to be relatively colder for longevity purposes so until I can adjust the fan speeds I probably won't be overclocking the card anytime soon. The NVidia update software is actually pretty useful. I was pleasantly surprised. It even has a bar to dictate a scale of performance to graphics quality and shows you what it will disable/enable when adjusting it. You can also do it on your own without it, but for me, it is useful.
MSI X99A Gaming Pro Carbon ATX
This thing is beautiful. My only gripe is the amount of "software" it came with. I mean most of it was fairly useless, USB boosters (mostly for crapple products), Command Center for fan control (that was its own can of worms, searched forums for hours and just uninstalled it after a few conversations), the constant barrage of Norton Anti-Virus, etc. All in all, amazing mobo but that bloatware is extremely annoying. The MSI Live-Update, while it is useful, can be a pain as well. You can set how often it is supposed to search for updates for you but it tends to have a mind of its own.
Waiting on good old EVGA to come out with its GPU AIO Hybrid cooler PLEASSSEEEEE Wayyyyy down the line I may even do my own custom water cooling circuit Thinking about adding in custom sleeves for my PSU cables for an even cleaner look.