Welcome to the second edition of the System Builder’s Guide for this month, and today we’re moving up to the mid-range segment. This is the point at which things get into the sweet-spot category – where you’re set for the next two years without needing an upgrade, but where getting one might still be of benefit to your use case. In an about-turn of events, AMD’s Ryzen platform rules the roost here. Intel fell quickly out of grace with the enthusiast PC community now latching on to AMD’s offering, and this might be the first time that AMD has the upper hand in both price and mind share. People want a change, and people want to get more done with their systems, and AMD finally offers that. I can’t wait to see how Threadripper does in the long term.