I had been wanting to do an X99 build for quite some time so, when I saw a deal on the 6850K, I decided to pull the trigger. I'm really happy with how this build turned out. I'm currently running Windows 10 Enterprise on it, but I'm going to repave it with Windows Server 2016 now that Visual Studio 2017 has been released.
I wanted a 6-core CPU and I was able to get the 6850K on sale for $500. I've attempted some overclocking, but I'm running it at stock speeds at the moment. Overall, it's been a terrific processor and having the extra cores is great for running virtual machines (or containers).
Just as I started to acquire the parts for my build, NZXT announced the X52/62 Kraken all-in-one coolers. I've used Corsair AIOs for my last couple of builds, but I figured I'd give the new X52 a try. It's really gorgeous, though there are quite a few cables to manage with it. The software is user-friendly and, while it was initially a bit flaky, it's improved over time. It runs quiet and has no problems cooling the 6850K.
The X99 TaiChi along with the white S340 Elite is really what inspired this build. I love the bold, high-contrast graphics on the Tai Chi. And, it was a really good value for a well featured X99 motherboard. It's also great that it has dual M.2 slots.
I had a spare 850 EVO from a previous build, so I reused it in a newer build. It's a great drive, but I've pretty much transitioned to M.2 NVME drives for most of my storage needs. The older 2.5 inch SATA SSDs are handy for file history backups and other scratch-type data. It is nice that they support IEEE-1666 hardware encryption for BitLocker.
EVGA's super clocked 1080 seemed like a good match for my 3440x1440 LG panel. Over DisplayPort, it drives pretty much everything at a reasonably consistent 60 FPS. And, it runs pretty cool and quiet while doing so. I also appreciate the fact that it only needs a single power connector and is quite compact for the power it delivers.
I loved the original S340 for being such an efficiently laid out ATX case. The "Elite" just adds more goodness to the mix. I considered holding out for a Phanteks P400 with tempered glass, but I really liked the color scheme of the matte white S340 Elite.
I've used EVGA power supplies for some time now and they've never let me down. I like the new G3 series because of its compact size while still being fully modular and highly efficient.
I bought this panel when it was first launched and I have a bit of a love/hate relationship with it. While it's a beautiful panel, I have had a few issues with it.
The first problem I had was that it would occasionally (very infrequently) scramble half of the image on the screen. I originally thought this was a problem with my GPU but noted that it also happened with a different GPU. Then, I realized that if I turned the monitor off and back on again, the problem would go away.
The second problem I had was with the monitor going to sleep. When connected via HDMI, it would go to sleep fine, but would only run at 50 Hz. When connected via DisplayPort, it would run at 60 Hz but, when it should have gone to sleep, it would enter an endless loop of going into "power saving" mode briefly, then coming back on, then going back to sleep, etc., etc.
I love Sennheiser's headphones and this set had the additional benefit of matching my color scheme.