This system was built to handle photo editing in Photoshop and Lightroom. No gaming :O
My parts choices for this system drew heavily on the excellent information available from Puget Systems, who do extensive testing with all sorts of hardware across a wide range of applications.
Photoshop and Lightroom don't take full advantage of high core count CPUs, preferring fewer faster cores. The i5-8400 (6 cores, 6 threads, 3.8GHz all-core Turbo) seemed to offer the best balance of price to performance.
If you can stomach all the numbers, take a look at the spreadsheet in the build album for a comparison. Do note, Puget Systems' test machines rock a 1080 Ti, a 960 Pro, and 64GB of RAM, which makes it not a fair fight for this system! Still, the differences are rarely more than a few seconds, so, go little -8400 :-)
These image-editing programs don't make great use of graphics cards. The performance difference between a GTX 1050 and a 1080 is minimal - about 10% - while the price difference there is huuuuuuge, and since gaming was not a requirement here, I went with the GTX 1050. MSI's Aero model is cute ;-)
As for the rest of the system:
The main attraction of this budget-range B360 motherboard is four DIMM slots, for an easy RAM upgrade in future, though the two m.2 slots are nice to have as well, and mean there's scope to upgrade storage with m.2 SSDs in future.
Speaking of SSDs, this one is a top-notch SATA III model, with enough space for the OS, essential programs, and project files. There's also 2TB of HDD space for cold storage.
The power supply is a good-quality but no-frills TX model from Corsair. I like these a lot, and 550W is more than enough.
The case was chosen mainly for its 5.25" drive bay (increasingly a rarity). The only issue that arose building this system in it was that things got pretty crowded with the SSD, HDD and ODD all stacked atop each other, making the cable management up there a bit of a pain.
Last thing: the RAM is actually white, though I couldn't find that model in the PCPP lists. It really gives this otherwise sober system a bit of pop!
OK, that's it for this one: hope you enjoyed, and thanks for reading, from Sensible Systems.