It's my first build and I was looking to have something slightly future proofed mid-level gaming build able to fulfill my 60 fps 1080 gaming needs, and being small enough for my fiancee to not take notice of it, and serve as a part time HTPC. Because I'm crazy about the blue glow, I'm including all I can to make it even bluish :)
Motherboard and processor: Due to my small room size I needed something that could fit in roughly a square foot of space. M-itx was the way to go. Since oc-ing isn't really my thing, I guess the bundle above was more than enough to fill my needs. Integrated wifi also saved me some trouble.
Video card: For all 970s it was down to the Palit or Zotac for me due to budget. Chose the zotac because I preferred fan design to blower design. So far has been doing okay. Plan to oc it when it's reaching EOL or warranty up. Hitting 81 deg C on optimized settings in WoT and War Thunder, but it's averaging 28-29 ambient here so it's not exactly the coolest of places. Will be Firestorm/Afterburner -ing the fan curves to see if I can make things cooler.
PSU: Modular. Meets power needs. Reliable.
RAM: I like the G.skill for the design. 8 Gb is more than enough for now. 1600 Mhz is what my mobo can take and I don't know what's CL 9. So I got this.
SSD: Everyone's going on and on about the EVO. My friend had some first hand experience that it slowed down a lot after awhile, so I'm on the crucial, which seems to be the next best choice. My only regret is not getting the 512 Gb version, but hey, that's about as much cash I can fork out.
HDD: Not gonna go all crazy on this one. Just your average HDD.
Case: This was one of the hardest choices. Either the Cooler Master Elite 110 or the Core V1. Cable management and thus airflow does seem to be slightly better in the Core V1. Never regretted by decision. Now I've got the stock 200mm in front and twin 80mm exhausts at the back just to make things a little cooler. Not the coolest case (temperature wise) in the world, but my parts are still a little away from threshold temps and I doubt things would be better in the 110. Unfprtunately 80mm led fans have gone extinct where I live (Singapore) so I have no choice but to stick to the standard 80mm fans.
I'm happy with my build so far. tricked it out with a little blue led strip by the side running off my GPU. Gonna enjoy it with my old games and upcoming ones. Hope it lasts for a good 4 - 5 years!
Happy little mitx motherboard. Bios I'd easy to work with so I've got no complains so far.
Boots my Windows 7 Ultimate in less than 10 seconds, maybe even shorter but never measured it. Would have M2 SSDs if I had $ but hey, nothing much to complain here.
Bang for buck card. Not exactly the coolest card in the world but still destroying the games Im throwing at it. Just wish it could be cooler.
If the rear panel could fit 120mms this will be a solid 5 star.
Love the provision of cables. Seems stable so far.