Fell in love with the NZXT H200 and decided I would go mini itx. From there I spent a few months researching and it took a while going back and forth between intel and amd and many other choices before deciding on what parts to get. I have been using it for about a month now and it has been great so far. I'm hoping that the core will last me aroung 7 years before I need to upgrade and just put in a new gpu at somepoint. I also recognise I probably overpayed for some components, but I'm happy with the build.
Case: love the look, build quality and window. Building in this case was enjoyable. while it was difficult at times, which is likely due to my inexperience and not the case, it was a lot of fun.
Mobo: The main thing that drew me in to this board was a review by OC3D TV and the beautiful vrm heatsinks. Overpriced but sexy.
CPU: High clock speeds for gaming and software like autocad and solidworks that seems to be more reliant on clock speed. Works great, and multitasks well with chrome open, music playing and games all at the same time.
CPU cooler: Also something I fell in love with early on. One of the best looking cpu coolers in my opinion, it's silent and does a great job at cooling. It's also pretty cold in my room due to the winter weather so that helps with temps.
Ram: Low profile was necessary in order to fit the cooler. The fan is pushed up as far as it can go to clear the ram and it almost touches the glass. Works as advertized at 3200mhz
SSD: Got this on r/hardwareswap for a good price. a regular sata ssd would have been fine here since I don't do a lot of file transfers. I also kind of want an 860 evo to put in the front just because it looks empty.
GPU: Got an ASUS rx 580 so I could use aura sync with both of them together. Turns out the color doesn't quite match which really bugged me. I also found I dont really care for the rgb anyways. The backplate looks great though. This is the loudest part of the computer, since the fans have to spin fast because of being right next to the psu shroud.
PSU: I was set on an sfx psu in order to let airflow to the gpu, but I wasnt going to get this one. For the longest time I was interested in the corsair sf600 but found out that the cables weren't long enough. This was why I decided to get this one. It also has a better 10 year warranty and came with a $25 steam gift card which I didn't even know about. While the cables were just long enough, they were very tight, so i got extensions anyways.
Thank you to r/buildapc for all the help!
Edit: I have removed the stickers as can be seen in picture 9, I think it looks way better.