I decided I wanted a small build that could be made to dual boot Windows 7 and Mavericks. I intend to use this in a College dorm room. I am a gamer but also a developer.
Case: I chose the Bitfenix prodigy because it has a small form factor but has room for all the components for a full on pc. I am satisfied with the case but which it came with a window. I know they sell windowed side panels but reviews say it blocks airflow.
Motherboard: The Asus Maximums VI Impact is a great choice for a itx build because it looks sweet, has great features, and great on board audio. Since this build is itx I cannot add a sound card to my build. I chose the Asus board over a Gig Z87-Wifi because I new with the Asus the on board audio would be great. And it is. Asus' boards are not as easily supported as a Hackintosh but I can live with that.
GPU: I had the GTX660 from my last build and didn't want to spend more money on a new GPU. A future upgrade would be the GTX770. The card preforms great and gets me plenty of frames in any game. I am not an uber hardcore gamer and I feel very satisfied.
CPU: I am a Computer Science major and like to know that I can write taxing programs that can preform image processing very fast. The i7 is probably overkill, but I invested in the Asus Impact and want the whole pc to be a little future proof. Also rendering movies and 3d animations is much faster on the i7.
Memory: I chose 16gigs of the cheapest Ram I could find. From my research it doesnt really matter. Since I am using a water cooler being low profile is not important. I know its overkill but I like being able to run virtual systems that have plenty of memory.
Storage: The 2 TB drive is partitioned into 1TB sections. I use the first as extra storage drive for my windows machine. The other drive is exfat formatted and is used by both the OSX and Windows operating systems. I use the Samsung SSD as my Windows boot drive and the Kingston as my Mavericks boot drive. Both work well.
CPU Cooling: The H80i rocks. My CPU doesnt overclock super great but that okay. I like my computer to run quiet and cool. I get 30c temp at idle at all times. Overclocking I never approached 80c. The fans are very noise at full which happens at startup. The pump is a little loud for my liking but I can deal.
PSU: I like Corsair. The supply has block cables and is modular. Not very loud. Cheap too. What more can I ask.
Fans: The 230mm fan fits well with the case. It is not very loud and has cool LED's. I might get some Alchemy strips to fully pimp my build. I run a quiet profile through AI Suite 3 that means my fans don't even run unless I am putting the pc under load. I get low temps when the fans aren't even running.
The Build: The Asus motherboard was surprisingly difficult to install into the case. It didnt want to fit. I managed though. The H80i barely fits. The water tubes are very badly twisted and I fear the flow is slightly cut off but the performance is still great. The cable management isn't bad for an itx. I was able to tuck a lot of cables behind the psu. It is never easy building in such as small space. Also the power in my house went out as I was installing the i7 which was scary since I needed to work with precision. Besides that works great now. Highly recommend Asus and Corsair parts.