Thanks for checking out my build! This machine evolved from a previous X99 build after my motherboard apparently glitched and took out my CPU (thanks Asus...).
I ended up getting the motherboard and CPU replaced under RMA, and decided to make the move to X299, despite all the Ryzen bandwagoneers. Most of my work on this machine still only utilizes a few cores at a time, and rarely employs more than about 10 cores at once. For this reason, I chose to stick with Intel so I could maintain their clock speed advantage, while benefiting from having more than four cores when needed. From the tests I’ve done so far, this CPU is core-for-core almost exactly like having two 6700K CPUs at 4.8Ghz tied together into one.
I debated for a long time whether to go for a i9-7900X with 10 cores and a lower clock speed, or save a little with an 8-core i7-7820X that was pre-binned and delidded to help with thermals. Well I ended up going with the 7820X, and I'm very happy with it. I can run this chip at 4.8Ghz on all cores, and the EKWB monoblock keeps the chip and the VRMs very happy and cool all day long. The only hangup was I had to reverse the flow of my loop to accommodate the CPU monoblock, but I took care of that with new fittings underneath the PSU shroud.
I had already incorporated purple as an accent color in my previous X99 build with custom cables and mood lighting, but I decided to try out Primochill's Transparent UV purple this time around, and I LOVE it.
For a detailed look at the case mods and desk construction, check out my previous build, "Atlas Evolv'd X99".