This is my real entrance into the PCMR, hence the name "Fanfare." I plan to use this PC for productivity and for light games such as CS:GO (when I have the time). Building went smoothly except for a couple of issues, which I'll address later.
CPU - I have been waiting for a few months for the Ryzen 3 lineup to come out. An affordable 4 core and 4 thread chip has been missing on the market for a long time, and since I won't just be using this rig for gaming, I decided on the Ryzen 3 1200 after its price and benchmarks were released.
Motherboard: It's a cheap, B350, ATX motherboard for only $70. Some features found on higher end boards aren't on this one, but it will serve my needs just fine. It can also overclock. I had to push harder than usual to get the memory installed, but I'm not sure if that's to do with the motherboard, RAM, or just me.
Memory: RAM pricing is off the charts and 2 sticks of 4gb memory for $73 is one of the cheapest options, unfortunately, so I had to settle with this kit.
Storage: A 120gb SSD and a 1tb hard drive, the usual. What more do I say?
Graphics Card: Thanks to ethereum, the graphics card market is completely screwed up. I could've gone with a cheaper, single fan 1050 Ti, but the price difference isn't so significant anymore. Also I would be going with an ATX mid tower so aesthetically, a mini card wouldn't make much sense.
Case: The S340 is relatively inexpensive but everything went smoothly during assembly and it's a great product for the price. However, mine came with a dent in the back where the power supply would go, probably because of rough handling during shipping. I didn't want to send it back to NZXT and cause a lot more hassle so I just hammered the dents roughly back into place and installation went smoothly after that. Cable management was surprisingly easy with the included zip ties and notches in the back to tie cables to. With just a few minutes of cable managing, I was able to fit the back panel on without a problem. Additionally, some of the thumb screws are a bit hard to use, but most of them were fine.
Power supply: It's a power supply. Semi-modular with flat black cables for $35 is a huge bonus.
Worked just fine for 7 months, died, and Windows went along with it. Would not recommend until someone can confirm that the odds of this happening are extremely rare because a review on Newegg describes the exact same situation that I'm currently in.