I hadn't built a PC from scratch in over a decade, and I was getting the itch... What started out as a super budget build soon became a mid-range build, filled with superfluous RGB LEDs.
Parts on sale were purchased over 3 months, prior to the Ryzen 3000 release. Total cost was just under $1100 CAD (taxes in).
Design: I really wanted to build an m-ATX PC with LEDs and a glass panel... probably fulfilling the dreams of my teenage self.
Challenges: The Meshify C Mini had great reviews, looked nice, and hit most of my requirements. However, I haven't had the greatest experience with it. A couple clips on the front panel were broken (replaced by FD), the tempered glass exploded in my hands (replaced by FD), and sometimes the reset button can be activated by just touching the top of the front panel.
I really liked the Sapphire Nitro+ line with their RGB LEDs, but it's quite big for an m-ATX case. Airflow is quite poor feeding the video card (psu shroud + low clearance) caused temps to rise and fans to ramp up excessively. Custom fan curves have helped control this.
The ASRock Motherboard seemed like the best bang for buck. NVME SSD support is hit or miss, and the ADATA XPG SX8200 Pro was not supported, and I ended up getting a WD Black.
RGB LEDs are TERRIBLE- Definitely do some research before buying your LED parts. The variations of 4 PIN RGB, 3 PIN ARGB, custom 5 or 6 pin RGB accessories, RAM and CPU cooler RGBs, will drive you nuts in trying to get parts compatible with your motherboard (luckily the ASRock motherboard supported both 4 and 3 pin). Controlling these LEDs also become a nightmare when multiple softwares are required to control different parts. YUCK!
In the end, it was fun building it and learning about all the new stuff since my last PC build. The computer is complete overkill for me, but I probably should have waited until the Ryzen 3000 series and built the computer for a bit less.