I have a laptop that I played games on, which caused frustration due to overheating while playing on our TV. After a few months of trying to play for a short time and the laptop shutting down I decided to build this.
My requirements were: small, fast, built in wifi, not spend over $1,000.00, and not overheat!
CPU: I got the i5-3570k so that I can overclock in the future.
Motherboard: I went with this board for future overclocking/stability and it was all in the tiny mITX package
RAM: good reviews. I wasn't sure about the speed so I got 1600
SSD: SSD=awesome! Loads Windows 7 incredibly fast, game load times are also very quick.
Video Card: I danced around but I tried to stay within budget, so far I'm happy with my choice.
Case: I tried to get as small of a case as I could but with everything I wanted to stuff in it, the Cooler Master Elite 130 seemed the best fit for me.
Power Supply: I replaced my original Thermaltake TR2 600W power supply with the wonderful Corsair CX600M. The Thermaltake TR2 kept crashing the computer under medium to heavy graphics usage. The Corsair has done very well and I would highly recommend.
The inside is a little messy but it seems to have excellent airflow and stays cool even very close to a heat output.
Thanks for checking my build out!