This build ended up close to perfect for what I wanted it for. For less than $900 I wanted something small, and I wanted something extremely quiet. On top of those I wanted something that didn't feel underpowered. On the lighter side, web browser, watching tv/movies. On the heavier side I Needed to be able to do some heavy photo editing (lightroom/photoshop). Some casual gaming, my requirement there was to be able to play skyrim on ultra, do not need anything crazier than that. And I had to have wifi on the motherboard. Other than that, I liked the idea of low watt components, pairs nicely with quiet and low heat for a small build, so that's exactly what I did.
I swapped the case fan out for 140mm noctua. It should be noted, as I didn't realize before ordering, that if you go with 140mm fan, it has to get mounted on the inside of the case. This ended up working out better for me as I needed the extra room in the front compartment for cable management.
Happy with an i5 for my needs, went with the s version for the low watt.
I do plan to eventually swap something beefier than the 750ti in, will be a nice upgrade in 6 months to a year. But honestly, i'm very happy with the 750 ti. I have not tried bumping up the clocks on this thing yet although i've seen some favorable results. But it more than handles my casual gaming needs while keeping the temps extremely low. The noctua cpu cooler is the perfect size for this case as well.
Happy with 8gb here, and didn't really need the extra speed on the ram but it ended up being the exact same price as the 1600 version when I was buying so I pulled the trigger.
This is the one place where it might seem like I went a little overkill. I was originally going to get an asrock for $143. I really wanted solid wifi on board. After reading some hit or miss reviews of the mini-itx wifi on asus and others. A deal popped up on the msi gaming board and I couldn't resist. Happy with this purchase as well. Motherboard is not somewhere I usually try to save money. But this thing is beautiful, even the bios is incredible. And the killer wifi reaches the exact same speeds as I do on wired ethernet.
Currently, I have the 12v plugged in that I don't really need with the 750 ti so if I remove that it'll make a little extra space. I went with this for 2 reasons. I wanted something silent, and I wanted something modular for the small case. The one misstep here are the cables on the rm450 are huge for the case. I jammed a lot of them into the front compartment, but they still crushed my cable management dreams. The psu is dead silent though so that was a win.
Love the elite 110, this machine is going to float between a couple spots, and with it being part of the time in a living room area. I really wanted to go as small as I could. The raven from silverstone was tempting, but I really liked this case for the money. And it ended up being really easy to work in, very happy with it. If I was going to have any gripe, the logo on/off switch is a little light to the touch. You can definitely end up accidentally powering off the machine if you're not careful.
I had to go ssd, silent and low heat. 250 gb was perfect to get me started. I plan to throw a 500gb ssd in this in a few months to help with editing photos, but i'm more than happy with this much space for awhile. Ended up mounting it on the side panel so that I could mount the psu with fan facing up.
Overall, the machine feels great. Snappy and absolutely zero noise. Even at heavier loads I haven't heard a thing. Temps have been really low. And thankfully I really did not run into any snags building this, enjoyed it.