This was a really quick build for my brother when his Vista powered HP took a dump on him.
CPU: Got this in a trade with my parts guy, was going to use it in my new HTPC, but got a deal on a i5 last minute. And to top it off its a hyperthreading dual core and is pretty damn quick for its price.
Motherboard: I needed a good motherboard and quickly found this one locally and at a good price plus theres the ability to upgrade the CPU to an i5/i7 K sku, if he ever wants to spend the money. Good looking BIOS no issues what so ever, a very nice budget Z77 board. It is an odd size though its very narrow but full ATX length. I have read that Gigabyte will continue to use the tooling for a customer specific motherboard to justify the tooling cost.. Makes sense..
RAM: I had 3, 2gb sticks in my parts box and got 1 more tossed in with the Motherboard deal to round out the full 8gb.
HDD: Just a basic 500gb Seagate, I do prefer Seagate to WD given the choice but would grab either depending on the sale. This one is very quick mainly due to the Windows 8..
Case: Something I had sitting around that never really got repurposed until now, not a bad looking case at all, just older.. That being said it does its job well, it holds all the pieces with no issues, and decent air flow even using the stock CPU cooler.
PSU: The good old CX series is my number #1 go to PSU for the basics, quiet, clean power and havent had a single one DOA or fail on me yet.. And off the top of my head I think I have used 5 or 6 of them personally..
Windows 8 Pro, I didnt really like 8 at first and put 7 on my gaming rig, but the more I use it the more I start to like it, figures..