Wow, I finally did it. After much planning on PC Part Picker, and much viewing of Paul's Hardware, Linus Tech Tips, Bitwit, JayzTwoCents, Hardware Cannucks, (list goes on forever), I completed my first ever PC build.
As a design professional, I was planning on purchasing one of those new shiny MacBook Pros when they launched the new versions recently, but that TouchBar and the $3000 price tag had me all kinds of disappointed. That plus my desire to branch out into more resource-intensive design workflows like 3D modelling and animation finally pushed me over the edge to take the plunge. Sadly, I haven't named her yet--I'll be sure to update when I do :)
CPU: AMD Ryzen 1700 3.0GHz 8-Core So far, so good with this guy. Noticed it idles a bit warm but that's pretty much par for the course as far as I can tell with these CPUs. It also might have to do with how I seated the stock cooler during installation (sorta smudged the paste unevenly. Speaking of the cooler, totally love the aesthetics of the RGB ring, though I would have liked to orient the AMD logo horizontally--I may attempt to do this at a later date. I also had to get a bit creative managing the quite long RGB cable, I ended up running it along the back of the mobo to a header at the base of the board instead of using the one ASRock added specifically near the socket. No OC yet.
MoBo: ASRock X370 Taichi ATX AM4 After accidentally buying the Z270 version in a late-night, bleary-eyed Amazon spree, I managed to track down one of these sexy beasts at Microcenter. Living in the NYC area, I felt truly blessed to have 3(!) different locations to pick through to track down parts for this build including a great deal on an open box 1080. This guy posted first try even using RAM that wasn't on the QVL no problem. Stylish looks and a great feature set. I'm especially happy with the included WiFi antennae that will allow some flexibility if I ever need to run my Ethernet cable back to my Xbox or other device in the future.
RAM: G.Skill Ripjaws V 32GB, 3200MHz Like I said above, these weren't listed on the ASRock QVL but I took a chance because these black sticks that match my board and case were on sale @ 3200 for the price of 2400-2667 kits, and with RAM prices doing what they've been doing, I had to pounce! I bumped it up from the stock 2133 to 2400 for a little boost, but haven't tinkered around with overclocking it further out of laziness.
GPU: Asus GeForce GTX 1080 ROG STRIX Was planning on getting a 1080Ti, but Microcenter had a great deal on an open box card for less that $500. Couldn't say no to those RGBs. Also, I'm currently still using an Apple Cinema Display with a resolution of 2560x1440 @ 60Hz, so I really couldn't justify getting a beefier card when playing Overwatch (and Civ V...lol)at full blast is totally doable. There is a big of sagging, but that ain't something a few Legos can't fix :)
PSU: BitFenix Fury 750W 80+ Gold Easily, one of my favorite components of the build. This power supply is a little overkill for this current build but I plan on holding onto it for the classy sleeved cables that it came with. Everything is modular except the 24 pin and gave my first build that little extra fit and finish I was looking for. The additional CPU cable for the top of the mobo has more cables than needed for my board, so these had to get stashed behind (see photos).
Case: NZXT S340 Elite I was initially planning on just getting the base S340, but I'm happy that I splurged for the tempered glass. Cable management was straightforward, there was plenty of room in the basement to stash cables, and the color scheme and clean lines are right up my minimalist alley. With the plastic cable management clasps on the back of the board, if you route a lot of cable through like I did with the 24 pin, you might need a little bit of twist tie to lock the top clasp closed when the cable make their turn to the board--I've included a photo of what I mean. Thumb screws are a bit finicky with their threading too.
I also got two 140 fans for intake as the two 120's that came with the case are set to exhaust. As for peripherals, I'm still using my Apple keyboard but might mow a few extra lawns to get on of the Corsair keyboards with the MX Speed switches. Also picked up a Logiteck G502 mouse on sale at Microcenter and love it so far.