Description

I pre-ordered an Oculus Rift but didn't have anything that would drive it, so I built a new machine. The EVGA Classified Z170 motherboard only has USB3.0 headers, which turns out to be an issue for the Corsair H110i gGTX and the WiFi card. You'll need to buy adapters. (I was originially going to build with the H55 but got the H110i instead.)

Getting the M.2 to work was tricky, as I happened to plug the other SSD into one of the SATA ports it shuts off when you enable M.2. This causes the machine to boot to a blinking cursor, no access to the BIOS or anything. Make sure not to use SATA 4/5 if you have an M.2 hard drive.

The Phantek Luxe case doesn't come with the lighting around the periphery, but it was cheap and easy to add. Other than that, it's a really nice case that looks great.

Updated: Pics with new keyboard and mousepad.

Update: Did some mild overclocking on CPU/GPU, still running around 50C or less under load.

Part Reviews

Motherboard

This motherboard has a lot of top-end features, but its lack of pedestrian features can be a pain. No USB2.0 headers made it hard to make the CPU cooler and the WiFi card work, as most peripheral manufacturers assume there is a USB2.0 header available.) No Bluetooth or WiFi is fairly standard for gaming rigs, but realistically I only have this one desktop and I need to be able to pair my bluetooth stuff with it, and sometimes you are not in a tournament and using WiFi would be easiest. (Obviously I knew it didn't have those features when I bougt it, but now that the WiFi PCI-E card I got won't work without an adapter, I'm annoyed.) Also make sure your case will fit EATX, this thing is big!

Case

Nice case at a good price. Make sure you buy the optional light tape for it if you want it to look like pretty much every picture you've seen of it anywhere.

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Comments

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

Love the look of the Luxe, but is your non-OC'd CPU really hitting 90C under load? That's waaaay too high.

  • 49 months ago
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I don't think the Corsair H110i is functioning properly.

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

Definitely check the mount. The H110i is a great cooler and wouldn't let the chip get anywhere near 90C. Is the pump making any sound?

Can't really tell from your pics, but I don't see the LED on at all and that might be an indication that the cooler isn't getting power.

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

When even 2GB of your RAM is worth more than your keyboard...

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

I have a new keyboard in the mail, this was the only wired kb I dug up in the attic. Bluetooth isn't working yet while I wait for USB2.0 adapters for the motherboard headers.

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

something is wrong with your cpu temps.

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

There we go, got the H110i working and now the CPU is 20C at idle.

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Hi, were you able to fit the EVGA Z170 Classified into the Phanteks Entoo Luxe without any hassle ? I have it in a HAF 932 but tried moving it to the Corsair 600Q - but the USB downward facing ports at the bottom of the motherboard meant I would have to use a dremmel to cut the obstruction out? Did you need to mod or where all ports accessible in teh Enthoo Luxe ?

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

It was a tight fit, but it did fit. I vaguely recall having to pull some part out of the Luxe, maybe? It was a while ago. No dremels were used.

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Question. Did you have any problems Installing windows on that build? Reason I ask is cause I have that same mobo and I wasn't able to install windows 7 due to no USB 2.0 headers and it wasn't recognizing the usage of 3.0. So I assume installing windows 10 Comes USB 3.0 natively in the installation

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

I had the same Issue so had to buy and install Windows 8.1. I believe that they installed a Windows 7 option in the BIOS in later Bios builds. Very easy to flash. Go to http://www.evga.com/support/download/ and list your product - think it is in BIOS 1.04.

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

No problems at all, but I used Win 10.

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  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

I got March :D

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