This build was done on a spur of the moment when I wanted to upgrade from my 6 year old HTPC setup to a mild gaming/photo editing pc. Because of that my budget was severely limited, so I spent the better part of 3 months deciding on my parts and then scouting for the best deals possible. Overall I'm extremely satisfied with the way it turned out and for what I paid for everything. Playing off the the CPU coolers name I decided to theme it after the Ringwraiths from LOTR.
CPU - In all my research this seemed like the most bang for the buck option. I had a $5 off coupon from Microcenter, and I ended up selling the stock cooler getting the price down to what I think was a steal.
Motherboard - This was one of the higher rated options for AMD. I got $30 off for bundling with the CPU and then another $20 off on rebate, making this another great deal.
CPU Cooler - I went the route of air cooling since I didn't have the funds for an AIO. Also I really like the asthetics of this one.
RAM - I'm not the biggest fan of RGB, but I think that these really add a nice look to the build. I was lucky to find an open box item at Microcenter that still came with the full manufacturer's warranty, while also saving me a few bucks.
Storage - I used all of my old drives from the old computer, saving me quite a bit. I was also able to find another open box item from Microcenter, so I added the M.2 drive to be my scratch drive for photos and games.
GPU - This was the hardest decision for me. Not only were the crazy prices of the market hurting my options, I was also really particular about the look and how it would fit into my build. For me form has to match function. I know the 980 ti is a little long in the tooth, but the asthetics of it really work for me and the performance still keeps up today even though it isn't as efficient.
Case - I went back and forth between this case, the Phanteks Evolv Shift and the NZXT H400i. I decided on the Meshify since it was the most subdued out of the three. This is sitting under the desk in full view from the living room, so my fiance didn't want anything to crazy. I like the look of the tinted tempered glass and I think the Phanteks Halos add just enough pop of RGB. I did pretty good on this one also. I bought it on eBay from Newegg, so I was able to use $17 in eBay bucks that I had.
Misc - The PSU I was all able to get for my birthday, so that cut down my out of pocket expenses a little more. I was also able to sell my old motherboard/CPU/CPU cooler/ram/psu/computer case on eBay. All that right there made me $200, so all total I'm only $850 in on this setup. Not too shabby.