Greetings fellow builders,
I've finally completed my professional workstation! I'd love to show you all how I chose the key components, and what decisions I had to make during assembly.
My firm has been purchasing 6-core CPUs since X99 because of their (relative) affordability and ability to handle large-resolution renderings faster than Intel's mainstream CPUs. With the release of Coffee Lake we finally had access to that kind of power on the mainstream platform, which is why I chose to go that route instead of X299. Quad-channel memory just isn't worth it for the minuscule performance advantage it would provide us.
As for the GPU, I chose the GTX 1060 for its larger video memory size (6GB), which should allow it to last us a good long while for our purposes. This card represents our ideal price/performance ratio, especially considering the recent price increases.
I wanted the rig to remain quiet even when rendering for longer periods of time, so I opted for an AIO from Corsair to keep the rig reliable and stylish. I was tempted by the Kraken series coolers because they look so damn pretty, but I've read about too many pump failures for me to consider using one in a professional environment. I wanted this system to last as long as possible without a part replacement.
This challenge of assembling this system was dealing with the stiff tubing on the Corsair H100i v2. The tubes were so rigid that I was forced to install the radiator with the tubing on the bottom end in order to stretch it out. With the tubing on the top end the bend was so tight that the tubing was protruding well past the open end of the case. This would have put a dangerous amount of pressure on the tempered glass side panel.
After figuring out which way the radiator would be mounted, I was forced to remove the pump from the CPU in order to install the graphics card. It was too tight inside the case to maneuver the card into place with the pump screwed down. This was probably the most annoying step of the build, but a necessary one nonetheless. You can save time if you attempt a similar build by knowing this is coming and anticipating it in your assembly process. After installing the graphics card I re-seated the pump with the hoses wrapping around it, and voila!