I use my rig primarily for gaming and 3D modeling/rendering, DAW (digital audio workstation), photo editing and video editing as well as live streaming. This machine works fantastic at all of the above! I upgraded from a Core i7 950 (LGA 1366) which was pushing 7 years old, though not much could make it hit 100% usage really. Upgrading to the i7 5820k didn't seem like it would add any performance to the system, however I was wrong to assume that. Noticeably faster, in load times, gained roughly 20 FPS and in 3D rendering, holy crap!!!! It's a rocket! Totally worth the money for asthetics as well as performance. I did have some issues with it dropping a drive from a RAID 0 array, but seem to have that kink ironed out now. FYI, in UEFI BIOS, don't enable fast boot or Windows 10 compatibility mode if you have a RAID array as it will no longer recognize one of the drives (out of 3), did it to me.