I just wanted to post this for future reference in case it could help anyone.
Goal was to build a workstation for design work: 3Ds, Adobe, CAD, general productivity, etc. I was looking for a good balance between speed and a decent amount of cores for test renders. All final renders are sent to an online render farm. I wanted a decent reliable workstation for 3k to 4k.
-i7 6900k. It has a good amount of cores and I am confident it can easily be overclocked to 4GHz. I wanted to stay away from liquid cooling so I got the D15 to cool it. Temperatures stay under 50 Celsius during prolonged rendering.
-1080 ti to test the progress of GPU render engines, but really didn’t have use for all the features of a Quadro card (even more for the price). There is room to throw another one in at least if needed.
-Motherboard had the features and I/O I needed with a solid quality build and no RGBs or other bling.
-RAM. Good timings from the motherboard compatibility list.
-CASE. I wanted the smallest form factor possible for an ATX board and the Noctua D15. Main storage is on a NAS server so didn’t need many drives. I considered the S340 and the fractal C but wanted something without a window and with a removable shroud so went with the 400Q.
Not much more to say, it all works well together and performs very well as expected. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask.
Very happy with it. Keeps the slight overclock on the 6900k under 50 Celsius. No problem fitting the RAM either side of it (Corsair vengeance LPX).
Exactly what I was looking for. Good build construction, small form factor, removable shroud and modular HDD caddy, fits everything with good airflow. No problem fitting the Noctua D15. It could have a few mm more for cable management but can easily work with it.