What I had
I wanted to upgrade my workstation from a 2013 Dell Latitude E7440 with a i7 4600U and 8GB of RAM, after it took a heavy hit with the Spectre and Meltdown patches.
What I needed
The need was for the computer to be able to run smoothly 2 instances of Visual Studio 2017 Entreprise, Android virtual machines, some Docker containers and of course a lot of tabs into Firefox, on my 3 daisy chained DisplayPort 24" full HD monitors, with a budget between 1500~2000CAD.
What I got I went for an AMD Ryzen Zen+ based build, mainly because I have a particular inclination toward the founder AMD <3
At first, my intentions were to go for 32GB of memory but after seeing the current prices, I decided to keep things in check and went for 16GB. May be, I'll add the other 16GB later. Same with the Graphic Card : I thought of a RX 580 and finally compromised for a RX 560 so it could run my 3 displays without problem. I wasn't planning to game on this build so the RX 580 would have been overkill anyway !
What I think
I ended with a very efficient build when it comes to development. My compilation time has taken quite a fall and my debug sessions are great again when it comes to perf ! Everything goes superfast when not instantly and even under load, it's as quiet as a politician asked to tell the truth ! As of the time I ordered, the final price, with taxes and shipping, was 1 667CAD on Newegg.
I chose this CPU so I don't have to upgrade any time soon, and I didn't go for the 2700X because I think it's not worth the extra bucks when you have a decent cooler and an overclocking capable motherboard, and with the Noctua NH-D15, I do have room to overclock the CPU when I'll need it a little more power.
As I chose a mid tower, I had to look closely to the specs of both the tower and cooler to be sure it would fit. And it does, even with a heightened fan above memory. Sometimes, with the case open, you can hear an aluminium blade vibrating but with the case closed and stored under the desk, you don't hear a sound. The building of this monster is impressive and it's worth every penny !
At first, I wanted a micro ATX motherboard but currently there is none with a X470 chipset. The WIFI is also very efficient and with a "stock" ISP box, I'm around 150Mbps.
For those interested, the RGB features are nice and very easy to configure (I turned them off personnally).
It does the job, I've nothing to add on this particular piece :P
I don't do a lot of creative work (well, development is creative work but not "video" creative) that would require bandwith as large as the one the Samsung 960 EVO offers, so I went with this very not expensive SSD and it works very well, with a steady throughput : I tried copying files between USB3 and SSD and my USB3 wrote steadily at it top speed around 80MB/s !
I have been surprised with the fact that this revision (2.0) doesn't need an additional power supply. It's a bit noisy when under load but not too loud, you just hear it blowing softly. For the sake of it, I tried Cities Skylines and it runs like a charm with the highest params.
For the record, this graphical card cost me 219CAD.
Last time I bought a computer case from FD was in 2012 and I'm very impressed with the improvements in every parts ! With very little effort in cable management, I never add such a clean build ! It's very modular and you can remove the HDD tray if you don't need it, giving some more room for your power supply cables.