Had a lot of fun doing this build! Cannot believe how much I learned (or realized that I never knew) over these past few weeks. A huge thank you to PCpartpicker, as this site gave a person with no background knowledge of computers the ability and resources to create something awesome!
I decided with AMD for both the CPU and GPU, and so far pleased with the speed and temps. Working really well for photo editing and some gaming.
I know the Kraken X62 is overkill for a Ryzen 5, but hey, it looks cool.
1 TB NVME M.2 and 1 TB SSD is plenty for me.
I decided to go with an NZXT case, but did not initially realize how crappy the airflow is in this thing. I did end up getting a couple case fans to replace the stock fans, and am keeping them in exhaust configuration. So far temps are solid.
Custom cabling because I'm terrible with money.
I attached (with velcro) a 7 port USB port and a SD card reader to the bottom of the case for quick access. Quite convenient.
I also wanted to connect my Macbook to the monitor, so I ended up purchasing a USB switch (basically acting as a KVM switch here) to allow me to switch keyboard and mouse access from my PC to my Macbook. I'm also running a Thunderbolt to DVI cable to display the laptop. It working pretty nice, all I gotta do is switch the display setting on the monitor and click the button on the USB switch and I am good to go.