Ok guys, this is my first build and I am very proud of it! I made the decision this console rotation to finally defect to the PC master race. Ive been slowly building this over the course of about 5 months and with some Christmas money was able to finally finish off the build (the gpu was the last piece). I use it primarily for gaming. I was playing mostly League of Legends with the integrated graphics. Now with the gpu in place I have been playing Rome 2, Civ 5, Chivalry, and Battlefield 4 (on ultra of course :D ). I also intend on picking up Bioshock infinite, Metro Last Night, and Skyrim soon here.
So now let me delve into my part decisions here a little bit. My primary focus was to go small and quiet, while still packing in as much power as possible. When idle the machine is pretty much silent. Under full load its still very quiet and you mostly hear the whir of the GPU fans (which are a little high pitched unfortunately). I went with the i5-4670k because I plan on doing some slight over clocking in the future. As this is a gaming build I didnt feel obligated to go with the i7. I went with the H60 cooler to cut down on the noise. I'm not currently over clocking the CPU, but when I do I will more than likely upgrade to a better cooler. As of now the decision was based more on sound level and space considerations. Ive worked with the Hyper Evo cooler in a couple different builds of my buddies and it seems to be enough of a hassle in full sized cases to fit properly and not block anything. I wasnt really thrilled about trying to cram it into an ITX build. As far as RAM goes I went with a pretty generic pick. I will however be upgrading to 16gb next paycheck. I know its not necessary for gaming right this moment, but I'm really enjoying tinkering with this as my project and since RAM is relatively cheap why not go 16? In addition to the RAM I also intend on adding in a Samsung SSD to put the operating system and cache on to. Also my keyboard isn't in the parts list as I could not find it on pcpartpickers list for some reason, but its the Corsair Vengeance K70.
Now a little aside on the case. Ive worked on four different builds with friends and the Bitfenix Prodigy is by far my favorite case to work with. You can tell a lot of thought went into the design. Its very intuitive and there are some little things in the design that make you go, "Wow, I cant believe they thought of that". It is big for an ITX case though and with all the components inside of it I would recommend not trying to carry it by the top handles.
So for the pictures now, youll see in the second pic its pretty messy with the cables. That was right after installing the gpu and I did go back and clean up the cables a little. Ill go back and make all the cables look pretty after I get my final parts inside. The second to last pic is the temps and voltage while idle. Ill also come back here soon and put up a pic while under full load.
Feel free to ask any questions about the build or my part choices in the comments. This thing is my new pride and joy so if you feel the need to be overly mean in the comments just know I probably will shed a few manly tears. Thanks for reading and checking my build out guys!