Ever since I was a kid, I've always built my main rig myself.
The time when that was practical or necessary passed a long while ago, but it was an eccentricity I couldn't ever let go.
Some of it was borne out of the DIY punk rock impulse, some of it out of a sense of craftsmanship, some of it out of overindulgence of a control complex, I always preferred writing code on something that I built myself.
My main rig right now has lasted since 2009 and its retirement is nigh. While Sandy Bridge proved to be a durable platform, the models are finally getting too big to train in a timely fashion.
And this was the first time I paused before starting to look at components.
I work mostly with super sensitive data these days, but as I was spec'ing out the box I had this nagging feeling that if this machine lasts as long as my last one, the likelihood is not very high that I will have to build another one again.
Thinking about how much the cloud has changed from 2009 to today, I just can't imagine that it'll ever be better again for me to have this kind of computing power on premise.
It was the realization that I'm making #mylastpc.
So, if this is going to be the last one, I'm going HAM.
Update [26 June 2018]: Here are some benchmarks with factory settings.
Looking like the 4.5 GHz overclock is stable at 25C - going to see if we can push 4.8 GHz and post results.