Hello! I have a main PC that I use for gaming on desk, but I wanted to create a computer that would be good for playing games on a couch and watching movies in 4K. After carelessly spending $1700 on my last build, I wanted to try to get the price to performance ratio. Using an Intel chip, while also being small enough to carry around the house. I know this isn't an HTPC case, but it will serve it's job as a Home Theater PC.
CPU: I decided to get a i5-2300 because they are low power to counter the high power 580 and I didn't want a 2 core i3 or Pentium. After looking on eBay I found that you can pick these up used and tested for around 70 to 80 USD.
CPU COOLER: Cheap and low profile while being decently quiet under stress. (I also like the AMD style reference CPU coolers.)
MOTHERBOARD: Cheapest mini ITX case I could find. I don't need any special features.
RAM: Cheapest RAM with heat sink and wanted it to go with the blue layout. (Plan on upgrading to 16 GB in the future for newer titles and to take advantage of Dual Channel speeds.
SSD: Didn't need blazing fast speeds, just got a knockoff SSD to help Windows boot up faster.
HDD: Good for games and big software
Video Card: Able to best offer someone on a BRAND NEW Zotac GTX 580 for 82 dollars shipped.
Case: Wanted a White case, and it was cheap.
PSU: Got it used off eBay for 30
Custom: USB 3.0 to 2.0 MoBo didn't have slot for 3.0.