I build this as an upgrade to my now 5 year old A10-6800k/R9 270x build that had (slowly) carried me through high school. Now I'm a senior with some more income so I decided I wanted a PC that could carry me through college and take whatever I can throw at it, so here it is.
I chose the Ryzen 2700x because I really enjoy making videos and working on projects that could benefit from a more workstation suited processor, while still being great for gaming and whatever else I may need it to do in the next couple years. Not to mention, the included stock cooler works well and looks awesome.
To pair with the CPU I went with the GTX 1080 because I want to upgrade my monitors to 1440p/144hz later on. I didn't really choose the Gigabyte model for a specific reason, I just got a good deal on a used one.
For RAM, I chose the G.Skill Trident Z 16gb kit because it looks amazing and has enough memory for my needs. I went with DDR4-2666 because it was cheaper than the 3000 I had originally planned on buying, and after doing some more research after I had already bought the RAM, I kinda wish I had stuck with DDR4-3000.
I chose this motherboard for the X470 chipset which will hopefully stay supported by AMD for longer than the B450 chipset, and I needed WiFi because I don't have any wired ethernet around my house (plus the lighting looks great :P).
For storage, I went with a 500gb SSD for OS/Programs/Games, and a 2tb Seagate HDD for mass media storage. I had originally believed the rumors that Seagate drives weren't as reliable as WD Blue/Black drives, but after doing more research it looks like it was all because of the 3tb drives' failure rate which have since been fixed and some backblaze data which was flawed in some way (I can't remember).
Finally, I decided on the Meshify C in White because the mesh front allows in tons of airflow, and the large tempered glass side panel and white finish looks great with the RGB components and white LED fans.
I'll be using this PC for some video editing, graphic design work, and gaming, and from what I can tell it handles all of that incredibly well, at least compared to my turtle of an old PC.
Besides dumb mistakes I made while building, everything went perfectly smoothly and all the cables were very easy to manage except for the RGB USB cable coming from the Wraith Prism RGB cooler, which I just ran over the graphics card and into the rubber grommet to be routed to the USB port. Overall I am incredibly happy with this build and I look forward to spending more time gaming and working on it for the foreseeable future.