It's a unicorn... but fat, black, and short. This build is for gaming and running my school project.
First, I wanted to minimize the total cost, so that all the parts were bought separately every time any of them is on sale.
i5-4690k : great balance between price and performance, I overclocked at 4.5GHz and it stay under 70C all the time. (peak 75C during stress test)
Seidon 120M : Since I can't use tall tower cooler and limited to 120mm radiator. This is my best choice.
Asus Z97i-Plus : exceptional mobo from Asus with ton of extras. I also considered Asrock Z97 but it only has 2 fan headers.
RAM : Not much to talk about.
Samsung SSD : Amazing speed, I'm lucky to get it on sale. WD HDD: high capacity and reliable.
GTX 770: I considered this and the 960, but my friend hand this to me for cheap.
Elite 130 : Interesting part. There is so many good looking mITX cases; however, the Elite 130 wins for my build, not too bulky and can even fit a long GPU. It take quite a lot of work to assemble parts into the case since I have big hand. But it can be done.
Corsair 600M : semi modular so I can hide away something I don't need. 600W should be enough for any demanding card.