Hello fellow PC building enthusiasts! I built this computer for a married couple that streams on twitch.tv! They wanted a PC that could handle content creation in Sony Vegas, multitasking (having OBS, iTunes, Capture Software, Emulators and multiple tabs/windows in Chrome) without breaking a sweat, for it to be relatively quiet, handle light 1080p PC gaming and their budget was ~$1,000. From the benchmarks and applications I ran before shipping it to them it seemed to be MORE than capable of all the things they requested and it did all of it with little to no noise. Here's a link to their channel http://www.twitch.tv/bbuttonbits Enjoy the write up and pictures!
CPU - I went with the locked version of the popular 4790K because it's a great chip for content creation and they didn't need to spend an extra $30-$40 on the ability to overclock.
CPU Cooler - I could have easily went with the stock cooler but I decided that (since they were going for a "quiet" build) an aftermarket CPU cooler could help with keeping the noise and heat down. I added an SP120 that I had lying around from a previous build and put a blue ring on it to match the motherboard. It's quiet and keeps the CPU temps nice and low.
Motherboard - I've used the mITX version of this board in a previous build and it was great to work with. Low price while not feeling too cheaply made and had plenty of features for an H97 board. No complaints!
Memory - I recently used these same sticks of RAM in a different streamers build and they were awesome. Snagged them when they were on sale for $100 on Amazon a few weeks ago, great price!
Storage - Normally I would recommend a $50 1TB HDD to save cost but they'll be using this to make videos for their youtube channel so I figured a 3TB 7200 RPM drive would do them good. It was the cheapest one I could find with good reviews, works well so far!
Video Card - What can I say about the 750ti that hasn't already been said? It's one of the best cards money can buy at the $100-$150 price point and it's one hell of a performer! It was running the Heaven and Valley benchmarks in 1080p between 30-60 consistently at High-Ultra settings! I was very surprised by this little card, can't recommend it enough.
Case - Having never built a "quiet" computer before, I felt like the case was the one place I had to make sure I did some good research. I found the Cooler Master Silencio, looked up some reviews and decided that for <$70 it was going to be hard to beat. It was relatively easy to build in and definitely does it's job of keeping things quiet. There's sound dampening all over this thing!
PSU - Just a cheap reliable CX430, nothing special.
Optical Drive - The cheapest DVD/CD writer I could find with good reviews on Newegg. Works great!
OS - Windows 8.1 because Windows.
Custom - They needed a capture card that could work with old consoles via composite and component cables as well as HDMI, the Blackmagic Intensity Pro was our best bet. I've used it in the past for my other builds and (aside from shoddy driver support from Blackmagic) it has worked out great.
Thanks for checking out the build! Feel free to comment/ask questions if you want!