I was originally planning on buying an Intel i5-7600K with 8 GB of RAM, but while I was waiting for certain prices to drop AMD's Ryzen came out and was hooked. My reasoning for getting Ryzen was this will be my home gaming platform and workstation so the extra threads are nice for 3D modeling and game engines I use mainly, Unity and Unreal.
My previous computer had an AMD phenom quad core with MSI motherboard and Mushkin RAM so naturally I stuck to the same combination. Searched around for best performance to price ratio with white and black theme in mind (I am sucker for white and black themes).
This is the part list I came up with.
The SSD was purchased 2 years before so it's a bit more pricey than it is now on the market, but I needed a new hard drive since my disk one was starting to fail. Love the speed, I am never going back to hard disk drives.
The case was originally going to be a Corsair - Air 540, but then I saw NZXT's H440 and I liked it better. The only downside is it does not have a CD/DVD bay. But it is a beautiful case and I rarely used the drive anyway. I suppose if I had to I could hook it up when needed.
I was impressed with Cryorig's gear so when it's price dropped I immediately got it. It performs very well. You can see by the pictures that I first put the fans in backwards. I already attached the radiator and did not want to take that out so I had to remove the fans inside the case and put them on the correct way. I pain in the you know what, but achievable.
I got a new mouse because my old one is small and wireless so I got tired of changing the batteries. I poured over many mice to find this gem. I am a minimalist, so too many buttons annoy me. This one fit the bill. Corsair makes very good components. I found one of their giant keyboard/mouse pads on sale at Best Buy for $14 and decided to get it to protect my wooden desk and the bottom of the mouse since my wireless one wore out pretty fast, plus I have noticed it is much smoother.
I have an Ativa 1920x1080 59Hz montior currently that I am using as the main one currently. I am planning on getting an Asus - PB258Q 25.0" 2560x1440 60Hz Monitor to use with my current one on the side for work flow. By God two monitors are nice for workflow! So I am excited for that.