I'll start by saying that everything in this build was paid for with Canadian Dollars. (USD cost = minus 22 cents off every dollar) FeelsBadMan.
This is my 4th gaming PC build (last one was 3 years prior). I'm hoping this build will serve me for the next 5 years minimum since my build cycle right now has been every 3 years. This build is by far the funnest build I have ever done, since the experience I've gained from building my last 3 PC's gave me lots of confidence in choosing the parts for this build.
Edit 01/10/2018: @LethalFinch on twitter if you need a quick response to any questions with regards to parts in this build. Other wise, I finally have my email notifications turned on for PcPartPicker so comments left here will most certainly be seen sooner than in the past.
Coming from an overclocked AMD FX 8320, the 1600 is a real treat & hands down the best bang for buck I've ever seen in all my years of building PC's. I managed to reach an overclock of 3.9 GHz @ 1.400 V, but I wasn't personally comfortable with running that kind of voltage for every day use. So I dialed it back to a more than reasonable 3.85 GHz @ 1.375 V for everyday use/gaming. With the cooler I'm using (Enermax ETS-T50 AXE), I still have tons of thermal headroom, so I'm sure that 4.0+ GHz is possible with a higher end Mobo using the X370 chipset, however I went with the B350 chipset which trades off some thermal headroom on the VRM for sake of saving money. So for now, I'll stick with an OC of 3.85 GHz.
This CPU cooler has impressed the hell out of me, and not because of how good it looks or its RGB lighting. It has a 250+ watt TDP, which is amazing for its size. The heatsink itself is very comparable to the Coolermaster Hyper 212 heatsink in size, yet it cools way more efficiently. While I was stress testing my CPU & trying to find a comfortable overclock, there was one point where I was running my CPU @ 1.425 V and this cooler maintained 54 degrees celcius temps under load. That's absolutely amazing considering the fact that 1.425 V is max recommended voltage by AMD, with max temp of 80 degrees celcius. So yeah, this cooler is amazing with the amount of thermal headroom it provides. It's definitely worth every penny of it's MSRP which is reasonably set in my opinion.
For the $120CAD (~$100CAD during sales), this is a great budget Mobo that still has great features, highly user friendly UEFI (especially for overclocking), and has a slightly above average VRM that allows decent/comfortable overclock speeds. The most important deciding factors for me on choosing this Mobo over any other out there were these: 1) Micro ATX (due to my choice in case) 2) S/PDF Audio output (for my wireless Turtle Beach headphones) 3) UEFI/Bios has a no hassle, direct approach for overclocking RAM & CPU while keeping things simple. (not commonly the case for most B350 chipset Mobo's on the market.) 4) 3 Fan headers for case fans (the most I've seen on a B350 Mobo. Is it crazy that I wish there were more?) 5) VRM has a heatsink. It should also be noted that the very first thing I did after assembly & installation of windows was to update the Bios to the most recent version. I'm confident that doing so made my overclocking experience enjoyable & a breeze.
Paired with Ryzen 5 1600, the XMP profiles in this ram were easily detected by my MSI B350M Mortar and I was able to load up Profile 2 which gave me 3200 MHz speeds on my first try, with no issues at all. These sticks work like a charm. No mem-dumps, no issues, no problems. Praise be to G.Skill & MSI :)
I have windows installed on this and workflow software such as GIMP, Unreal Engine. Blender, etc. Once you live off one of these M.2 drives, normal SSD's will seem like a joke to you & you'll never want to switch back. Highly recommend one of these at this price if your Mobo has a slot for it.
I have this drive specifically for the games that I play more than once per week. All my other games go onto my Seagates that are in the build list.
Full disclosure: I'm an absolute Thermaltake fanboy because I am obsessed with getting the best thermals I can possibly get for my PC's with out having to rely on liquid cooling. And I can honestly say that I have yet to see any other case manufacture come close to Thermaltake's design quality when it comes to not only airflow thermals, but also ease of assembly, premium dust filtration, cable management compartments, as well as eye appeal. I know alot of the tech youtubers are always showing off their Fractal Design cases (which are nice & well made, don't get me wrong), but I bet my life that anyone using airflow for cooling with out a Thermaltake case is 100% doing themselves & their PC a Massive Injustice. Bottom Line: If you're not using a liquid cooler, get a Thermaltake case. It doesn't even have to be the same one I used in this build. Just pick one that aesthetically appeals to you & use it. You won't regret it. That said, I think this cube style case is my favorite so far out of all the cases I've ever used and/or seen. So I'll probably be sticking with the Core V21 for all of my future builds to come (or at least until the newer released parts start to get smaller).