Update (3/19/16) iRacing has updated from DX9 to DX11 and has drastically increased both my graphics settings (Full AA) and my framerate which I still lock at 130.
Update (2/6/16) I recently installed a 500GB 850 Evo so I could move iracing and steam to it so that I could fit Office on my C:/ drive. I also added 3 new noctua industrial fans but the 3000 RPM NF-F12 was insanely loud and I removed it for the standard NF-F12 PWM. The reason that I purchased it in the first place was that I was worried that I might pull a negative pressure in the case with the two industrial 2000 RPM Noctua fans but I think the Radiator will cause enough resistance to airflow to keep the static pressure positive in the case.
Update (1/9/16): I figured that I would do an update going into the new year focusing on hiccups I've had now that it's over 4 months old. I recently started using Steam and bought ARMA 3, BFBC:2 & the Vietnam DLC, and GTA:V on sale and have filled up my SSD, I have 47 GB left and am looking at getting a 500 GB 850 Evo for steam.
I still have a "cavitating" (for lack of a better word) fan on my H110i GT I am looking at replacing them with Noctua industrial fans. 2 USB 3.0 ports died on my motherboard then magically started working again a couple days later. 2 of the RGB LED's on the case are having trouble with white, one has turned green and the other purple (the purple one was a day one issue). Otherwise, it's been a beast of a computer running the Nurburgring on iracing locked at 120 FPS @ 1080P with nearly full Graphics (within reason, there are some crazy settings that nobody uses in iracing).
My aging Dell XPS 17 laptop was going downhill fast and could barely put up with iRacing with the graphics as low as possible. I would get frozen frames that would sometimes last an entire corner, it was a miracle that I didn't wreck more often. I only did league races, partially because of that reason.
I had been planning this build for many months and decided to pull the trigger after I graduated Tech School, buying parts over a period of 2 months. Waiting for Cablemod cables that never showed up put me a month behind but after cancelling the order and getting some EVGA cables I was finally able to finish the build.
I use this build for iRacing for the most part and it is TOTALLY OVERKILL for that. 240-470 FPS on max settings with cockpit mirrors turned off, I have since locked it at 150 FPS. Even on a 60 Hz 46" TV I have noticed an improvement in lap times up to about 130 FPS on my old computer, which is no longer capable of getting anywhere near that on minimum graphics due to recent updates. My goal is to get into some video editing in the future and possibly get back into AutoCad. I'm hoping for a better resolution on the next occulus rift.
I put the 120mm fan on the bottom and the two 140mm fans in the front. I had to unscrew the HDD and ODD Cage side panel from the case in order to use the silicone mounts with the Noctua fans. Actually that was probably the most time consuming part but thankfully the Phanteks cases are screwed together.
I don't own a fancy camera so my phone will have to do.
Again, completely overkill for my current use but I went X99 because I got caught up in the "wow factor" and really felt like six cores was the future of gaming..... probably not. I'm probably not going to overclock it, for now.
It rattled at a certain RPM, it was one of the fans, I tightened it up and it was little quieter but I could still hear it through my headset. It definitely cools though, I haven't seen my CPU above 45 degrees C in either Firestrike, iRacing, BFBC:2, or ARMA 3. I haven't run Cinebench though. I have since replaced the fans and solved the issue, but for the price of it plus new fans, there are better options on the market.
It works, I just wish the manual was a little more detailed and the USB 3.1 card and Fan Extension Card didn't have separate manuals, I found them after I wasted a bunch of time trying to figure out where the Fan extension card goes. By the way, it goes on the left side of the 5.25" cage but with some extra bolts I mounted it on the outside of the cage. Also, a few months later I had an issue with the bottom two USB 3.0 ports dying but later came back for an unknown reason.
It works, I didn't enable XMP either. Maybe down the road if I decide to OC.
It's a lot faster than my laptop. It boots faster than my laptop can wake up. I would recommend something larger if you plan to put files and games on it.
Definitely overkill for my 46" Samsung 1080P LCD TV, I prefer frame rates in excess of 130 FPS on iRacing and with the recent release of graphic updates along with the Massive Nurburgring it is very nice to have something that can handle that.
The Enthoo Luxe is a nice case, and very easy to work in. The only minor issue I have is overtime certain colors of LEDs will die turning white to green or purple.
Are you noticing a trend yet? It's overkill too, but it works and that's what matters. I ended up getting the EVGA white cables when the Cablemod cables never came for whatever reason, and the supplier advised me to cancel my order but they look nice.
I got the student version and upgraded to Win 10, which has it quirks but is decent. (review of Win 10 upgrade)
Initially I thought the brown switches were a little soft but I have grown accustomed to them, but overall it's a nice keyboard. I do wish that it didn't take up two USB slots though.