I had an old Dell Inspiron running a Core 2 Duo that I got in 2006. By 2017 this was showing its age with the Windows 10 upgrade really making it crawl (it was pretty good during my Left For Dead years though). I use a PC for light gaming and bad music production so I wanted to get a flexible PC that was relatively small, quiet and that looked nice.
After way too many hours reading reviews, I plumped for the parts lists shown - Ryzen because I wanted to support the little guy (and more cores if good for running multiple instances of VSTs for music production) and the RX 580 coz it was on special when I got it. Almost all parts were bought during the Black Friday sales or in the run up to Xmas when I came across good deals.
YES, I KNOW the cooler is upside down (hence the name) but due to the space in the case and me going for a push pull configuration, that was a deliberate choice as the water pipes were being uncomfortably flexed in the correct configuration.
I was originally going for a black and white theme, aiming to get the Mortar Artic and matching RAM and video card, but the I came across various deals that meant I ended up going for (mostly by chance) a red and black theme - traditionally my two favourite colours - fate I recon. Plus, it matches the name, a cheapo mouse and keyboard combo I had bought a few years back and a Lego tie fighter pilot toy I was given for secret santa (who now guards the PC from my kids)!
It seemed wrong not to trick it out with some silly LEDS, so I ended up getting two Phantek HALOs, because, well LEDs!
So far it works really well, I still use it to make terrible music and to stream games via Steamlink. I am a happy bunny and remarkably not broke as I sold my CD, vinyl and gadget collection to fund it all.