I apologize in advance for the lack of pictures at this time. This is actually a project I'm doing with my little brother (13). He wanted to get into PC gaming, and since I'm a computer technician, I told him I'd help him build one. Our dad sent me the money for the build, and I ordered all the parts to test before we build it together. I did a very quick and dirty build with poor cable management this weekend (so you wont get any pictures of that mess), but everything runs great so far. I'll be tearing it down next weekend and rebuilding with actual pictures when I build it with him. Stay tuned.
CPU: Was originally going to get the 4690k, but Dad was able to allocate a little more in the budget, and figured the i7 would last him a little longer. The goal is to last my little brother through high school. Performance is great so far, no stutter on anything so far. Just have the normal autoboost going right now at 4.2ghz, will try overclocking to 4.5-4.8 when we rebuild. Bought at Microcenter
Cooler: Got a great deal from newegg on a refurbed H80i. Was originally going to get the standard H100i, but coudn't pass up this deal. The stock fans are a little noisy, but not enough to overpower speakers/headphones, so they can stay for the time being. Also keeps the cpu fairly cool, benchmarked for about an hour, but temps were ~70-74c.
Motherboard: Little brotha wanted things to kind of match. Originally was going to go with the Asus Z97i-PLUS, as I think it has the best layout of a mITX board, but the gold was clashy. The bios isn't too bad on MSI, and the MSI Suite for all the drivers isn't too crappy either. The layout of this board with the case could be very hit or miss. If you're mounting a rad on the side, it's going to be a tight fit unless its a slimmer one. Bought at Microcenter
Memory: Matches the black/white theme, had a decent promo on Newegg, worked outta the box. It auto downclocked to 1600, so when I rebuild it we'll mess around with the timings.
Storage: To save some money, I hooked him up with my old SSD and a couple HD's I bought last year on Black Friday for dirt cheap. SSD still runs like a champ and boots W7 in ~10s. The HD's will hold all his games. Pretty standard setup.
Video Card: Was lucky enough to get this off Newegg the day they came out. The price is phenomal in comparison to AMD offerings right now, and even NVidea series. I told my Dad I'd buy the graphics card to save some money for him, and it will count as Christmas/birthday gift this year. Was originally going to get a 280x, but decided to splurge a little extra on this bad boy just so that I could see it run myself. Now I'm getting one. Runs cool, quiet and is great on the power usage so far. Running Furmark for an hour never went over 70c, and was maxing out my 1920x1080p/60hz tv the whole time.
Case: Besides the way this looks, I kind of hate this case, I'm glad it isn't mine. It'll be great for LAN gaming and portability, as the handle is super solid, even fully loaded, not a single MM of give. The suicide doors are great for working in it, and the added lighting is pretty cool too. The inside is a pain though, and some of the design features are wonky. The ssd mount is on the opposite side of the HDD mounts, so you either have to run seperate sata connectors, ghetto mount the SSD's, or ghetto mount the HDD's backwards. After trying all the options, I decided to run seperate sata cables. The included fan control has a SATA connector instead of Molex (a great idea IMO), and so I routed the sata connector for the H80i and fan connectors to the side of the HDD's with a 4-sata connector, and a 2-sata for the SSD side. Cable management is decent, mostly tuck everything below the graphics card or radiator mount brackets.
Power Supply: Seasonic, gold, semi modular, plenty of power for this build, especially with the new maxwell card having such a low power draw.
KB/Mouse: Haven't really tested this, but it had fairly positive reviews, especially for the price range it falls into.
OS: I had this copy from college discount. Saved some money and everything works on it. I've already done the 2 million windows updates so my brother should be all set. ;)
Feel free to leave some questions/comments on my boxes. This is obviously meant for gaming, and hopefully he'll get into other stuff (streaming/design/etc), but he's 13, so not likely.
MORE BUILD PICTURES WILL BE POSTED NEXT WEEKEND