This is my 2016 Game Development workstation. While I do game on it, it is not its primary purpose.
For game development I spend a lot of time using Visual Studio whose performance is dramatically affected by hard drive speed and number of cores. In addition, I spend a lot of time doing audio and video editing (Adobe After effects and Adobe Premiere).
The 5960x is temporary until the Broadwell 10-core becomes available this Spring.
I'm using the AMD Nanos because they're just awesome in so many ways. I expect to swap these out the moment I can get Display Port 1.3. My other workstation has a Dell 5K monitor which I love but it requires 2 display port 1.2 cables which sometimes has issues being recognized.
The 64GB are required for generating maps for our upcoming game. 32GB and even 48GB, unfortunately, is very iffy when generating the largest map sizes in highest quality.
I use the 4K monitor for coding in vertical mode. I also have an older 2560x1440 monitor already that I will be hooking up as well. The primary monitor will be the 21x9 which is primarily for the screen real-estate that I would prefer higher DPI (the 5K has me spoiled).
Build Comments During this process I had originally intended to go with dual Fury X's. Unfortunately, the external fans they require were not well suited for my case choice.
I really do like the case. However, the motherboard itself was very disappointing. It's really my fault for not paying closer attention to the EATX element of the motherboard. It's something I may have to re-evaluate as it takes up more room than I had intended.
A lot of my parts comes down to what I had readily available (I work at a game develoment company so we have lots of parts around).
The Noctus heat sink turned out to be overkill for this build.
The Corsair power supply is awesome. Love it.
The Dell monitors are excellent but like all Dell monitors, I find them finicky once you get into 4K. 4K (and doubly for 5K) are still not ready for prime time in terms of plug in the monitor and have it work.
My next build will have a smaller motherboard and a different Noctua cooler.
Not loving this motherboard. First, it's slightly longer than normal causing it to not fit ideally in standard cases.
Secondly, take notice of the first PCI Express slot. You have to put your video card there and because of how big their SATA mdules are at the end there and their placement, many full size cards cannot fit.
Fourth, their first PC Express slow is also very very close to the memory and CPU modules to the point that it's very difficult to fit large video cards in it.
Fifth, it doesn't operate until you have a CPU in it. What I mean by that there is no indication (not even an LED) that the board is working until you place a CPU in it. Normally, I meticulous test each component as I add it in. In this case, I had to just rely on faith that the motherboard was fine (it was) until I put the CPU in. But what if I had had a bad CPU? I wouldn't know if it were the MB or the CPU.