Case: I hate to admit I spent more time researching cases than anything else. 😂 I spent a ton of time on PCPP looking at other people's builds on a quest to find just the right case. I wanted something a bit different and would show off components well without being totes garish. I kept bouncing between the NZXT h500 and this one. Both were available in white, which I'd decided looked super rad and both were subtle enough to simply be display cases that let the components sit at the center of attention. The Lian-Li just did it better with that front glass panel. Besides, the stacked fans and PSU behind the MB design were doing it for me.
CPU: I think my decision to go with AMD was based on completely irrational things. The first PC I ever made was an AMD Athlon, so nostalgia. And I was just loving seeing the underdog come back. That plus the fact that their bang for the buck ratio is high. So, in my budget range/power requirements the 3700X hit the right spot, especially since the 3800X issn't really $70 more powerful. The release date was July 7th, wasn't until the 18th I found it in stock anywhere at normal price - Amazon. I bought.
MB: Another decision I bounced around for a while was 470X or 570X? I finally went with 570X simply for the future-proofing-ness of it. I tend to go a long time between builds so I didn't want to be held back too soon by not having PCIe 4. Worth a little more money. This particular one… well it looks cool and matches well with my theme. Oh right, and has all the features I need. 😉
GPU: I really wanted to go with AMD here. Come on Navi, give me a card in the 2070-2080 range! I watched the live feed of the 5700XT at E3 and was left feeling a bit, how shall I say? Unfulfilled. So, team green it is. 2080 it is. But wait! What's this? SUPER cards? 2070 Super is alllllmost as powerful as a 2080 but about $200 less? Sold! And so far as I know, this Gigabyte has the only white 2070 Super. Double-sold! Too bad they were out of stock like eeeeverywhere. Apparently Newegg knew I'd been lusting over it and sent me a "hey, you know that card you've been stalking? It's in stock" alert. I bought. It was out of stock again 30 minutes later. When it came in I thought it was the most beautiful thing I'd ever seen so I bought a Lian Li vertical mount to show off.
SSD & HDD: I knew I wanted an M.2 drive but the Samsungs cost too much. Fortunately reviewers were loving the Adata XPG 8200 Pro. I bought. I pulled a 2tb HDD and a 256gb SSD from my old build and attached some shiny new purple SATA cables to them. This case has loads of great options for drive mounting btw.
Everything else: Another part I reeeally wanted was that Corsair H100i RGB Platinum, but it was at least $30 more than the competition with no additional benefits other than looking all sick in white. Then it went on sale on Amazon for, you guessed it, $30 off. I bought. So, now I was in with Corsair, and while they cost more it was totes worth to get excellent lighting and all in white to boot. Corsair iCue it was. Now I knew I needed a little color pop in there so I found a set of purple extensions and some combs and did it up real nice like. Oh, my PSU from my previous rig was fairly new so I just rocked that one here. Save a few bucks on the most boring component. 😉