I built this system for my wife's birthday last year. It's my third custom loop, and favourite one yet. She upgraded from a Z97+4790k to a 8700k. The upgrade gave a very noticeable boost in performance and sped up her work flow dramatically. The build took about 6 weeks of planning, and another 3 weeks of building. The psu cables alone took a week to make. In the end, it was all worth it. My wife loves her new build!
The parts are all great but a special note to the GPU and the case. The GPU is the only part that we've kept from her previous build. She's in love with this card, and doesn't want to give it up yet. The Lianli pc011 dynamic case is an absolute pleasure to work with, especially for watercooling. I've two systems in phanteks cases, but with this case, I'll be switching over and not looking back.
The 8700k is delidded and is using conductonaut/aeronaut. We decided not to OC as the system is only used for photo editing, So we instead to keep the system cool and quiet as much as possible. The system runs around 22-23 idle, and stays under 30 for her regular day work-load (mainly just Lightroom).
Watercooling parts contains a mixture of EK, Bitspower, Barrow and Monsoon. She has an EK pump combo, EK monoblock, Bitspower GPU block, Monsoon fittings, and some Barrow fittings and reservoir. The system is running distilled water with red dye.