Update: The SSD has already failed 2 weeks into having it. Just FYI if looking at OCZ drives. I'm returning for a refund and changing it with an ADATA Premier SP550 drive.
Original: I put this build together under strict requirements from my wife. She didn't really want a new computer but her old laptop was on its last leg, and if I was going to replace it, then it needed to fit what she wanted.
Case: She wanted something small that would fit nicely on her desk and be quiet, so I ended up going with the EVGA Hadron Air after showing her a ton of different cases that could have fit her description.
Mobo: She wanted wifi, and if I was going to build a mini itx build, I wanted it built-in. Hindsight, this motherboard has a bad layout and it made wiring difficult. Otherwise, it has nice settings for the bios.
GPU: I had this leftover from my last build, so I saved it for her. Luckily it fit in this case.
CPU: Knowing that I had a GPU already, i went with the 860K for fast performance at a cheaper cost by removing the onboard video from the chip. I can always change it out later should the machine be repurposed for something else.
Ram: Kept it high speed should the cpu change later on to a full APU.
CPU cooler: I had this leftover from my last build as well, cools well though I could only fit one fan on due to the cpu socket placement on this motherboard.
SSD: I picked this up on sale and it's surprisingly pretty fast. She doesn't need much storage as she streams all her media and saves photos online, but this will allow me to get her some games installed.
Monitor: This was also a requirement as she wanted a larger monitor that would fit nicely in her desk. I got it for a good price and it works really well.
I replaced the case fans on the EVGA as they were horrendously loud. The cougar fans are by far quieter and keep the machine cooler.