My boss needed a new workstation with his aging iMac becoming intolerable to run the company from. He learned I'm a builder, and set me to work on creating the replacement. We opted for the X99 platform as he was familiar with it from purchasing two other custom X99 systems that have been reliable and effective. Both X299 and Ryzen/TR were unproven in a business environment at the time of building, so I couldn't recommend those alternatives to him, IMO. I have my reasons for sticking with X99, and I would prefer you not focus on that decision in your critiques. It's a lean, mean, rendering machine with tons of overclocking headroom should that ever be desired later in its life. I went with a sleek, windowless look because we're an architecture firm, and aesthetic details count when clients come in the door and see our workplace.