I chose AMD's FX 8350 CPU and XFX's 390X 8GB GPU because they presented the best value for the price I was going for. Performance on both is stellar and both allow me to tweak settings to my heart's desire.
For my mobo I decided to go micro atx in order to fit inside the v21 case. There were very slim pickings for mobos using the combination of parts I chose so I went with the ASRock 970m pro 3. So far this has been a very stable motherboard, but doesn't leave much room for over clocking due to the vrm quality on the board. It makes up for it with its pure black pcb and great features though so I'm still pleased with my purchase.
I am loving my TT Core V21 Case and have FINALLY got my air flow set up to where my GPU isn't hitting 80C temps under load anymore, even with +50% TDP enabled in CCC.
I'm still working on cable management, but as of right now everything works and I don't want to mess with it too much for fear that I'll end up statically discharging onto some component. I had to splice my 120MM fans and blue LED light strips together and connect them to a molex on the PSU due to only having two chassis fan headers on this mobo.
All in all this was a very fun and satisfying build and I was able to come out fairly cheap for all the features that I'm getting. I'll try to post better pictures as I continue to evolve my build. Thanks for reading!
*Updated last half of pics after cleaning up some of the cables. This case has so many places to put them, just had to find ways to tie them down, or use pressure points to hold them in place. I'm happy now :)
*Update #2: Decided to mount 200mm fan to top mesh case cover to use as exhaust along with the rear 120mm. Still using the 200mm fan on front for intake, and recently reapplied thermal paste to my GPU which helped my temps tremendously! Still love this case for it's versatility and form factor.
*Update #3: Attempted some light overclocking (4.4Ghz at 1.45V) and noticed that during Prime 95 that I was stable, but VRM was overheating causing throttling. Purchased a small 70MM fan to put over the heatsink on the northbridge, which lowered socket temps by ~10C. Have not really seen much performance increase at this OC though, so I've gone back to stock 4Ghz and am contemplating a better mobo (8+2 VRM) which will require a new case as well. We shall see what happens depending on pricing and what the hardware market deems a good deal!
*Update #4: Ditched the cheap Cooler Master fans and decided to go with Silenx 120MM fans to cool my internals. I chose for 1 exhaust, 2 fans in push pull on my 212 EVO, and the stock 200MM intake on the front (may swap this out for 2 more 120mm silenx fans). Also decided to flip the case vertical and cleaned up the cables. Looks much better now IMO.