Codenamed "Durandal" after the invincible sword of Roland the Paladin, this is a workhorse/production/gaming rig. I am a streamer on Twitch (twitch.tv/sirkaze) and built this with the support of my viewers to allow me to stream PC games off of a single rig and provide better visual quality overall with a slower encoding setting. Previous, to stream PC games, I was using my most recent build from 2014 featuring an i5 4690k OC@4.5GHz and a GTX 970 to stream the game and capturing the signal from an older Sandy Bridge (i5 2500k OC@4.2GHz) build that was actually playing the game. The dual rig build often caused syncing issues because I had to have captured sound repeat to my streaming PC which was playing all my sounds and generated significantly more heat than this current build.
I opted for an 8-core figuring "Go big or go home". I was considering the 5960x for a long time, but by the time I was ready to actually start purchasing parts for this PC, the 6900k was right around the corner. It does perform slightly higher at stock speeds than the 5960x and costs roughly the same, so I went with it instead. I would have been happy either way. I was going to overclock it, but decided against it. I have run into no performance issues doing anything. Maybe down the road I'll give it a shot, but even then it will be a mild one. Maybe 4GHz.
The GTX 1080 I purchased was due to supply and demand. To be perfectly honest, I could have purchased a $600 generic card and would have been just as happy since my video card is part of my loop, but the EVGA SC card was available first. Plus the slightly higher factor overclock guarantees at least that much OC potential, so why not? I was going to purchase 2 of them until I started seeing the benchmarks on the 1080 and realized that even with a 1440p, 144hz monitor, 2 GTX 1080s was overkill. All of the games I play at where 144hz matters, this thing knocks out of the park. I've also OC'd the card to 2050MHz on the processor and 10500MHz on the memory. I was originally going to get the 1000W version of this PSU for both cards, but noticed that the 1300W version was only $4 more at the time. So yes, the PSU is insanely overkill for this build, though a higher wattage PSU will mean less voltage ripple in theory. I would have been comfy with an 850W PSU.
I decided to do a hardline liquid cooling build because I felt it was time. I've been building custom PCs since around the time Intel shifted from the "Pentium" line and moved on to the "Core" line and still never done any custom liquid cooling. I've enjoyed the recent flurry of pastel coolants on the market so I went with pastel white as my color choice because I like the idea of greyscale in my themes. Originally, I started using 1/2" OD Primochill tubing with Revolver fittings and opted to bend the tubes. While I had some success, I wasn't enjoying the aesthetic. Before purchasing too many fittings, I switched to Bitspower 12mm OD fittings with their None Chamfer PETG tubing with compression fittings and angled adapters to make my bends.
Even with OC'ing my 1080 as far as it will go and having it in the same loop as my CPU, the GPU has never broken 45C doing anything and the CPU has yet to break 40C under load. The only issue I have is that my fan hub doesn't control speed through PWM like I imagined it would. I may opt for 5.25" controller since I have the room for it. I absolutely love this rig and see myself using it for many years to come. I may swap out the GPU in time, but the CPU has blown everything away that I throw at it in terms of my general usage (streaming and gaming simultaneously with several background applications).
EDIT: Added a few more pictures due to popular demand. Glad you guys like the build!