This is my first build since a very long time. Ever since I sold my last desktop from the Ivy Bridge era I used my trustworthy laptop for everything. Recently I started using more and more demanding apps, occasionally play some games and got tired of the fan whining of my laptop, so I decided to build a desktop again. I was also really curious about the 3rd gen Ryzens.
I wanted a relatively small form factor with support for full ATX for not much money. I allocated roughly $1000. As a basis I went with the "SFX width" Thermaltake Core G3 case with a standing GPU config. With the given amount I expected a well rounded mid-ranger with great upgrade potential. I don't mind if everything is pretty stock. I'm not so much into overclocking, not playing competitively or anything like that.
The only unpleasant surprise was that the stock AMD cooler. It is pretty loud and not so inefficient. After I assembled the whole thing and used a while with that, I decided that it has to be replaced. I struggled a bit what would be the best replacement as the Core G3 has only 110mm cooler clearance, until I found the Noctua D9L, which is exactly that tall: a perfect fit. Speaking of cooling, because of the relatively small volume of the case, I went with a card that has a blower config on the GPU, it's actually a Palit Super X but I couldn't find it here.
Overall I'm very satisfied with the build, it's very quiet and efficient despite the full air cooling.