First and foremost, this build was necessitated by the lack of a solid 1080p media streamer in the house. I had been working with a jailbroken ATV2 but the lack of 1080p meant its days were numbered.
The original plan was a very basic, bottom of the line system, something that would stream and handle 1080p without a fuss. I had an old case and PSU that I planned on using but at the last minute I decided to go ahead and build something that could be used as a Skype machine and something the wife could use to do some basic computing and internet browsing, as well as photo editing with Picasa (not Photoshop). I sold the ATV which funded most of this build. I was originally aiming for a $500 budget using some old parts but selling the ATV meant I could probably do a bit better and use all new parts.
That being said I price matched literally everything in this build. I watched prices for a couple of weeks and bought the components as they went on sale at various places online. I have absolutely zero interest in upgrading this system in the future, hence why I use some parts that are probably "more" than what I need. I want this system to do its job for the next 5 years without me having to open up the case to add anything. I don't game, well not on PC, so there's no need for anything more than what I went with.
CPU: I originally planned to use and actually purchased an A8-6600K but the morning of the day I was building this, the A10 went on sale and I ended up getting it for $10 less than the A8.
CPU Cooler: Probably overkill for this system but it was only $20 more (after price match) than the cooler I was going to use, plus it is super quiet and helps with air flow in the system (no huge heat sink standing in the middle of the board).
Motherboard: Not a ton of other mITX options out there for AMD. This was the right price, had the feature set I was looking for and most importantly had good reviews.
Memory: Went with this to take full advantage of the A10, not to mention it was almost the same price of slower RAM.
SSD: Speed baby, speed. That and noise/heat, I don't want either as this box sits in my living room. Everything gets served off of my home server so no need for any other storage in this box.
Case: Looks good, great build quality, easy to work with and the price was right.
PSU: It was the best modular I could get in that price range.
Keyboard: Figured it would be easier to use this than a keyboard and separate mouse, it also gets great reviews and for the price I figured I'd try it out.
This was my first mITX built. It was a little tighter than what I'm used to and given the open concept of the case I was able to put it together without much fuss. I toyed with a few ideas on what to do with fan configurations. The two front case fans are setup as intake fans, however because I was going with liquid cooling on the APU I needed to setup the rad fan as an intake as well. I ended up just taking the 2 front fans out, flipping them around and setting them up as exhaust fans. I might get another fan on the rad and set it up to pull from the rad and push to the exhaust, but at this point temps aren't something I'm concerned with. I did the best I could with cable management, I wish the USB 3 header cable was a bit longer and that there were more fan headers on the motherboard but it is what it is. I tried to keep a clear path between the rad and the exhaust fans, hoping to keep a flow from the intake through to the exhaust fans. There's really only one way to mount the H60 on the APU, and what you see is what you get. It doesn't fit in any other way that what you see. Everything gets served off of my home server, so only the single SSD is necessary.
All in all I'm pretty happy with it and XBMC has never felt to snappy :)