After 10 years of using COTS computers, I decided to build my own rig again. My goals when designing this build were:
In particular, I designed the hardware stack around the following software stack:
Business & Office Apps
Real-Time Simulation & Gaming
I elected to use professional grade components with air cooling for reliability, durability, and long term support.
Excellent frequency optimized quad-core LGA2011-3 CPU. Handles any real-time, simulation, gaming, or user workload with ease.
Quiet, efficient, and cools the CPU very well. Temps are not what you'd get from water cooling or a noisier competitor, but this cooler does it's job well and prevents any thermal throttling.
Everything you need for a LGA2011v3 rig in a Mini-ITX form factor. Flashing the BIOS can be a pain at times, in addition to mediocre technical support from ASRock.
It just works, and it works well.
Extremely fast and eliminates any storage performance bottlenecks. Limited capacity has been restrictive, however. Highly recommended, but with a mechanical HDD for "mass" storage.
Handles nearly any graphics processing with ease. Temps run a bit high under load, but not enough to thermal throttle.
Excellent, durable, easy to work with case that is fantastic for air cooling.
Excellent PSU with fantastic voltage regulation, efficiency, and ease of use.