Yep, using that Ryzen pun right there. This build, like my previous builds, is all-AMD. I've always been drawn in by AMD's more affordable solutions. For the record, I've only purchased one AMD Netbook versus 2 Intel/Nvidia gaming laptops. I'm looking forward to seeing more mobile Ryzen solutions in gaming laptops, but the competition definitely has that market cornered at the moment.
The current AMD Pinnacle of "budget performance" for me at the moment. The B350N board has been my day 1 board for my evolving mini ITX build. This'll remain until the B450 I AORUS PRO WIFI launches, which will result in the board's upgrade. The RAM has served me well, though that may be upgraded to 3000MHz or better given decreasing RAM prices. Granted higher prices in early 2018, this build is pushing the $1000 US mark. A 3000MHz or better dual channel 16GB kit (2x8GB) could reduce the cost of this build by roughly $30 if I go with ADATA or even HyperX, around $20 if I go Corsair. That's definitely in the cards.
Honestly, jumping on every bargain opportunity was pretty fun as it kept me in my element. The Ryzen 7 2700X, for example: this was open-box at a Micro Center for 215.96 USD (already discounted at $269.99 from $319.99 brand new). I used my Thermaltake $25 MIR card, reducing the cost to $190.96, basically the cost of a 2600X I had my eye on (it was $189.99 at Micro Center). I reserved the 2700X online and picked it up the next day. Let me tell you it was a satisfying experience. It was open-box yet wasn't even used, as evidenced by the thermal paste on the included heatsink. Manufacturer's Warranty still intact here, so it's a huge win for me.
As for the GPU, it's a used reference-style Gigabyte RX Vega 64. I used an eBay coupon to get $60 off the $400 purchase plus an extra $6.70 on my PayPal balance for some internet service study. So I paid $333.30 out of pocket. Yep. Never mind the GPU was sold at Vega 56 MSRP, I paid the equivalent price of a GTX 1070. Yep, I'm feeling great.
Aside from the impending board and RAM upgrades, which'll actually cost as much if not less than what I paid for the current setup, I'm probably going to switch to a custom watercooling setup (copper tubing FTW). After those upgrades, this Mini ITX build is complete for the next 3-4 years so I'm pretty content with this build. I'm sure the VEGA 64 will hold out for a good chunk of those years as I'll hold out on GPU shopping for a couple of generations. The 2700X is going nowhere for awhile, it's plenty robust. The only swaps I may have to do in the meantime are the case fans and probably some storage upgrade.
I'm currently testing out this setup and can say it's definitely an improvement over the previous build. I recommend checking the Budget Ryzen 3 trilogy for a more budget-friendly solution.
I'm open to AMD-related suggestions (already mentioned it's an all-AMD build) or cooling solutions. I'd love to switch to all-SSD storage and maybe get the 7nm Vega GPU that's just been announced by AMD today. Any feedback is welcome.