I've been lurking and learning a long time. I think my final price was under this price, as I bought lots of parts on sale at different times.
I started buying components last March (case, PSU, fans and GPU) and finally picked up the final touches recently. It's replacing a XPS 8500 which I slowly dissected since March (replaced the PSU, added the SSHD, ditched the 7870 and upgraded the case). Main uses are for Plex, music and AAA games (non-shooters)
I'm likely going to remove the Blu Ray and tidy up the cables more. Believe it or not, i actually tried to keep the cables in the corners as much as possible...I failed.
CPU and cooler - don't care about over clocking. Was also going to stick with the stock fan, but I hate loud stock fans. Apparently this noctua takes the cake for quiet performance while fitting in this cramped case. Maxed out at 62 in the Intel XTU.
Board - this was the cheapest ATX board I could find with all the features (multiple M.2) I could find at the time.
Memory - cheapest/fastest RAM at the time.
Storage - only got the 256gb 600p b/c it was a tad more expensive than an MX300. Added the 500 gb MX300 as a game drive. The SSHD was cheaper than the WD Blacks and will act as a game drive until I can afford a second M.2.
Video Card - I bought this in the early fall, before all the drama started. It's been great so far.
Case - I needed an HTPC, and this works well. Stays cool and quiet, yet the 3x120mm fans slots seem to do the job.
Power Supply - Overkill. I bought it before the release of the 16nm and 14nm chips on the GPUs. Also didn't need a P2. Live and learn.
Optical - left over from the Dell
Fans - Apparently I'm on the Noctua cool aid. Also, since I didn't opt for a blower GPU, I need the best performance per fan slot I can get while keeping noise down.
Quiet and kept the CPU to 62 in intel xtu
Had everything but optical audio. IO shield is crap
Cheapest ram with lowest latency I could find
Greater than sata ssd, less than better nvme. Would only recommend on sale
No problems so far, but all the issues made me wish I got another brand.