This build started as most builds do with the case. I chose the Silverstone Raven RVZ01B Case. Once I viewed the video on Hardware Canucks Youtube channel, I knew I had to have this case. Special thanks to Dmitri for his excellent review.
Once the case was selected, it was just a matter of comparing what I had on-hand versus what I could grab from my local Microcenter.
The motherboard, the Asus H87I-Plus, was actually installed in my main computer with an i5-4570 cpu. However, I decided that a processor would be needed to make this my proper living room gaming system. Enter the i3-4370 cpu at Microcenter. Yes, I did grab a motherboard along with it that would replace the Asus in my main system. I also had the Noctua NH-L9i from a previous build and decided it would be perfect for this case.
As for the other parts I did not have on-hand, the 16GB of G.Skill was overkill but it was on sale and Newegg and I have been wanting the set for a long time. The OCZ ARC 100 was grabbed from Microcenter for a decent price while the Samsung 850 EVO was grabbed from Amazon at an excellent price. Likely, the EVO will be pulled and put into another system.
Finally, I wanted to keep my GPU options open for potentially power hungry cards in the future so the Silverstone 600W SFX PSU was the best option available. Although I chose the EVGA GTX 960 for now, I could potentially replace it in the future.
As this is my first build featured here on the site, comments are welcome. My cabling skills are lacking at the moment so the pictures will feature a bit of the messy.
Thanks for taking a peek at this build and yes there will be more builds to come.