The goal of this build was simultaneous gaming (1080p @ 60hz) and streaming. Target budget of $1,500. I've been building PCs for years but don't have any experience when it comes to streaming. My research indicated that it was quite CPU intensive. Because we were only looking at 1080p @ 60hz for the gaming display, we opted to go big on the CPU and more conservative (but admittedly still a bit overkill) on the GPU.
Originally, we were building around an i7 6800k; however, we posted for feedback the week of the Ryzen release and got a lot of suggestion to consider Ryzen on account of the increased core count. I haven’t built an AMD rig since 2001 (when the Athlon was actually causing Intel to sweat a little!), so I hadn’t even considered Ryzen. Ultimately we agreed with the suggestions and I scrapped the build and started over with the 1800x as the centerpiece. I considered a 1700x w/ an overclock to save a c-note, but given the fact that we live in a climate where summer temperatures can hover at 105F (40.5c) or more, I opted to stick to the 1800x with no overclock.