Edit: Changed the name AGAIN. Thanks for the tips everyone. It was "the beast" (which is how I thought about it while building it), then it was "blue steel", which was already another 5820k build (I didn't realize), so I thought "big blue beast" = B3 would satisfy everyone.
This is the second machine I built for myself, my first attempt at water cooling. I am right now making the transition from console to PC gamer, but thus far have not been a big PC gamer. To date, I do a lot of editing, rendering, and encoding (amateur photographer), and thus really prize cores and RAM over GPU. Coming from my 2500k (@4.5Ghz), I really wanted more cores & RAM, a GPU to prepare me for gaming, and the look of a hard tubing custom loop.
Bending the acrylic tubes was a lot more art than I realized, though I did research this machine A TON (starting in June 2015, with the build finishing January). Everything went together okay, but I experienced a combination motherboard/CPU failure 3 weeks after I got it running, but Asrock did me right on the board (RMA'd), and Micro Center was AWESOME and straight up swapped the CPU for another (even though it was way beyond 15 days...).
All in all, really appreciate the end result. Encodes are 4-5x times as fast as my old machine. No pausing while editing photos in Lightroom/Photoshop. And writes to disk are FAST.
Quick note - if you're wondering where my storage is, I have 2 NAS at home with a combined 14 TBs (9TB usable after RAID) - so all photos, videos, backups and documents live on those.
Additional edit: the pricing on the parts is inaccurate - they reflect part pricing when I finished the build, not when I started. Most of the stuff I got for cheaper than listed - some only $20 bucks or so (CPU, motherboard), some a lot cheaper (fans, GPU).
This thing is a monster. If you need CPU power, and you either are running headless or have a discrete GPU anyway, this is your processor if you're an enthusiast like me (not building true enterprise grade servers, but still want enough cores that you can do some intense CPU work, or hack around with VMs).
Took away 1 star because I experienced a combination CPU/motherboard failure 3 weeks after I got my machine running. That said, Asrock was speedy with their RMA and replacement - just wish they told me what was wrong with my old board, and whether the CPU killed the board, or the board killed my CPU. I love the m2 on this, and its been great to overclock (got almost another 33% out of my chip). Altogether, really happy with it, from functionality to aesthetics to support and even packaging.
I love this case. It started when I put my existing main workstation in the main piece, and a mini ITX network appliance build in the smaller piece. When I upgraded, I moved both computers out of it, turned the smaller piece into a rad box with two 360mm rads in push, and had plenty of room for a big vertically mounted glass tube reservoir to the right of the mobo tray. Very modular - for instance you can take out all the hard drive trays in the main case, and basically everything in the small case (5.25" drive, hard drive trays, etc).