Like my last build I wanted to maximize $><Performance. Finding the optimum product/tier that would not have a gain % wise to justify the cost % wise. I went through several iterations, I'll list a few alternatives I was thinking and why I skipped them, and settled on and built this build. Knowing that I blew it and picked more Epeen over Practicality :) But.. in those choices I still chose the best $><Performance.
AMD Ryzen 5 1600: ($79.00) This was the Catalyst for me starting this build. With Gen 3/Navi being introduced there's a whole shift in tier / value. I love the numbers of the 3600 but in most respects it is a 25%-30% performance increase for a 152% price increase. I compared all the Gen 2/3 and % wise there was none that justified the price increase vs. the performance increase for me.
ASRock B450M Pro4: ($48.99) For me there were 3 other considerations. MSI B450 Tomahawk, Gigabyte B450M-DS3H, and the -HDV version of my board. No doubt MSI Tomahawk is a great board but at $119.00 it is 72.5% more expensive than most ($69.00) ASRock B450M's and I don't think it has 3/4 extra abilities to justify cost . The other 2 on average are $5.00 cheaper (-7.25%). For $5.00 more you get extra fan headers / extra M2. slot /Extra 2 DIMM slots and extra PCIe X16 vs X4 and various other improvements vs. the other two. Both have some which the other doesn't but neither has everything like the B450M Pro4. (*) -$30 discount for buying Ryzen at time of purchase so board was $79.00 at purchase, I was ripped off of another $10. normally on the board to make it $69. like most other retailers but I didn't catch it at the time.
Crucial Ballistix Sport (3200): ($65.99) I feel Memory along with the PSU is the most frustrating to justify price % to performance % rationale. So I am not going to really try. Most Ram between 2133-2666 is $10-$15 cheaper. And honestly if you switched my Ram for any of those I would never know the difference in my daily use unless I opened a monitoring type of program. That being said both the motherboard and Ryzen Screamed to be given their Max so I did.. But in no way am I getting 15%-20% more performance from the DDR-3200 vs the others, Might get the 15%-20% boost in Performance based Benchmarking scores that would be the only justification.
Inland *Premium 256NVMe: ($34.99) At present $29.00 is about lowest 256gb SSD which is 20% price difference. Most often it will be SATA 3/6GB So if you do the (Max for each) comparison of 550 Read/Write to 3500 Read/Write it is 536% difference, But.. in real world noticeability about a .25% improvement. So my rationale is if you are going to go NVMe Inland Premium is on par with Samsung Evo. These have Phison controller so are very good quality. WD Blues still are the best $ for capacity.
Sapphire Vega 56 Pulse: ($190) I'm a 1080p person, I prefer to play on a 150" Screen from my couch most times, But I'm starting to feel the Freesync 1440 bug.. Not sure if I'll ever bite.. But I probably will.. Anyways I was originally considering the RX 580, being that I use my system(s) as dual purpose Gaming/HTPC and (originally) going above 1080p was seldom ever done so for 1080p $><Performance RX 580 was/is undoubtedly the front runner. But as luck would have it 7/7 Navi release has made many cards come way down in price due to what you can get for $349 (5700). I found an open box never used because it wouldn't fit into eGPU enclosure and persuaded the panic stricken that New Vega 56's had dropped to $249-$269 and soon to be $200 and got it for $190.00. This card is Beautiful I went for the Red/Black theme and it is a perfect match with the subtle pulse lighting through window.
Corsair Spec-02 Redshift: ($49.99)($59.99) I originally was going for the Deepcool line, most likely the Matrexx 55. I really like Deepcool. I think they offer tremendous value in most their lines of products not just cases. If the store had a Matrexx 55 I would have bought it. For the most part $34.99 is the baseline in which the quality is good enough usually to build in it and be happy. I find that cable management, cooling and such is equal parts builder as it is product/engineering. I have seen amazing builds in mediocre cases and horrible builds/complaints about fantastic cases. The Zondda-O case, pair that up with a Shelby 350H and you'd be Golden. But.. I am very happy with this Corsair case. It was easy to build in, Looks great. I prefer more subtlety versus bright/crazy colors and this does exactly that. In the end the fact this came with (3) pre-installed 2 X 140 / 1 X 120 LED fans and now that build is finished I am glad I got this case over the Matrexx. Case comes with $10 MIB (which I will never do) so duel prices reflected
Rosewill Capstone 750M: ($73.98) And here we have the 3rd Achilles heel of this builds justification of $><Perf. So I will base the justification on the same basis I did with the storage "once I committed to NVMe, I got the best $><Perf NVMe. Once I committed to 750w as my powerbase I got the $><Perf. leader. The build quality is very good (Super Flower OEM) nothing really comes close. Price wise EVGA BQ sometimes comes close. But mostly all 750w Bronze units are equal or more expensive. I think the EVGA-B and Corsair-CX lines would work just as well as this. After all providing power to peripherals and not failing/frying is the only objective. Doesn't matter if Japanese capacitors or anything else. So again I feel I got the very best 750w for the money spent. But... in actuality I only got 750w based on Sapphires recommendation on packaging. The way I run (all) my systems is plug and play with Auto Tuning/Boosts that are built into Bios/Peripherals. I most likely could go down to 550w and still be stable.
So in essence if I took the 3 problem areas and went purely true $><Perf +SATA3 SSD /-NVMe , +2133mhz /-3200mhz, +550w-650w / -750w I'm sure I could come out Sub-$500 on whole build.
I am very interested in thoughts, critique and all else from anyone who bothered to read down this far.