I was looking to build a new high-end workstation/gaming machine and just started shopping for parts when the X299/7820X were launched. Perhaps foolishly, I decided to go for the new platform/CPU.
The Lian Li case is super nice but as mentioned by others, it's kind of a pain to build in. Despite the large size, it has little room for case fans. If you put in an AIO cooler, the included case fans have to removed. Still, it is solid and good looking and I think has adequate air flow. I am using it the horizontal configuration. The Deepcool 240EX CPU cooler is about 1/8" too high so the glass top rests on the top of the cooler. I am going to have to find some shims to put under the glass cover.
I do some video editing and wanted super fast I/O so went with two 500GB M.2 960 Evo SSDs with the plan to set them up in a Raid 0 configuration. Despite hours of various configurations/driver attempts, I have been unable to get a bootable RAID 0. The BIOS thinks everything is cool, but Windows 10 install cannot see the Raid 0 drive.
So I setup the system with the two SSDs as separate drives without RAID and it is now working.
At stock clock speeds, the temps stay in the 30C range and when the CPU is stressed, it occasionally reaches close to 70C (cinebench and passmark).
I'm still learning the MSI BIOS (I prefer ASUS) but I upped CPU clock by 4% so slightly OCed I got: Passmark CPU test 19938 Cinebench 15 CPU 1828 Cinebench 15 OpenGL 143 fps (1080 GPU)
I saw the X299 VRM disaster video while waiting for parts. It had me a little concerned but turns out to be a non issue. I don't have a thermal sensor to check VRM temps but even after the CPU testing, the heatsink over the VRM is only slightly warm to the touch but nowhere near overheating and the individual VRM components are warm but do not seem overly hot. The CPU temps stayed mostly in the 40s and 50s during the testing but one core hit a max of 76C with the slight overclock.
I am still working on reconfiguring the drives into RAID 0 so not yet moving over a bunch of stuff in the current configuration. I will take some better pictures once I get the glass cover properly secured.
This is my second build using the Deepcool 240 EX. It is easy to install, reasonably priced and works well even with moderate overclocking. It is slightly too tall for the Lian Li PC O7 case but this can be fixed with shims under the glass cover.