This http://pcpartpicker.com/user/cdchasdaniel/saved/3nrD is my old 2009 build, which was my first with things added along the way. I've been using this old computer to do Web and Java development, 3D rendering, Lord of the Rings Online, and general everyday uses. It has served me well but with the latest expansion of LOTRO I was getting very bad lag and consistently low FPS. Plus using this old thing was like sitting on the last row of a 747; LOUD! I was tired of the huge heavy case and I wanted a smaller one to move from my desk to the family room so I can stream WatchESPN on the big plasma TV. And it had to be quiet!
At first I only wanted to spend $500 so as you can see I've gone way over my budget. Fortunately, I got a bonus at work and despite the fact that half of it was taken out for taxes I still had enough left to build this baby. I had actually picked this list a week before Phillip did the video of the mini ITX build on March 3. That really gave me the confidence to go with this arrangement.
The compatibility messages for PCPartPicker said that it can't confirm that there would be enough space for the H55 fan and radiator. But I confirmed that it was be the same depth and the H100i that he used. It was a very tight fit but it does fit.
I did struggle with cable management only because my hands just don't fit in there too well to be able to zip tie things together. I also didn't work in a area that had enough light. I found myself using the flashlight from my iPhone just to plug things in. I also had trouble with one corner post of the backing place of the H55 not staying through when I mounted the motherboard. I was able to connect the cooler but the post was not coming through the hole while I tightened. Finally it popped through, which scared the crap out of me! But all was well and it seems to work great.
I used the GPU from the old computer, bought it last year and I can't say enough how awesome the Samsung EVO is. Windows 7 boots up in maybe 15-20 seconds.
Of course I bought this CPU, cooler, and PSU with the thought that I will probably overclock. But not for a while. It's screaming fast already.
But what I love the most. The peace and quiet. :-)