Hey all. This is a PC built for games/reddit/****/word processing. It's also my first build, so please forgive the poor cable management. I tried my damnedest.
Case: This is where I started the build. After looking for a while, I decided the small form factor was the way to go. I eventually tried to decide between this and the Node 304. The $50 difference was enough to sway me. I love the case and it was relatively easy to build in. Except that I have Andre the Giant hands. They're almost as big as Lana's shovels.
CPU: I'm new to this and didn't think overclocking was somewhere I was going to go. Also, I was cost conscious and didn't want to have to buy an aftermarket water cooler. The 4570 is plenty fast for me and has handled my gaming experience (read AC4 and Civ 5) rather well. The idle temps are around 30C, which is what I expected in such a tight space with a stock cooler. I haven't seen it above 55C doing any of my gaming.
Mobo: I picked this one because I don't need ye olde Z87 chip with my locked processor and because it has onboard wifi. That made the initial setup incredibly easy, as it connected after windows was installed. All the drivers managed to update themselves and everything is running swimmingly.
RAM: I picked it up for $75 on sale. More than I'll need, and the black is a good look inside my system no one will ever see.
GPU: This thing sits on my desk, so I wanted something quiet. From what I've read, the ASUS CUII is a quiet card compared to most. Plus it looks pretty sick, even though no one will ever know. It's worked my two games pretty well, and the price point wasn't bad on it.
Storage: Got both the SSD and the HDD on sale. Obviously Windows is on the SSD, while the HDD is currently housing everything I can throw at it.
PSU: It's overkill. It's also modular. And it was $75 after the MIR. I have no idea how I would have handled all the cables I didn't use, so I say money well spent.
I also picked up Windows, a keyboard, mouse, and monitor, so this thing checks in at ~$1150-$1250. I'm very happy with the setup, and the building was kind of fun too.
Went with a pint glass for scale, as beer>banana.