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Description: I'm posting this as a thank you to everyone else who has posted here. This was my first build (not counting reassembling a computer for class back in 2004), but my wife and wanted something that could meet our needs for a few years that was a little better than a COTS system.
Uses: Honestly a little of everything: some light gaming, work from home (for the excel workbooks that crash our work computers), and this will be used as an all-around HTPC. Maybe some turbotax and photoshop if we're feeling frisky.
Build Objectives: Small FF, silent, runs cool, and it's all flat black.
Components - NOTE: First build = this is my baseline, I can't compare anything here to any other desktop parts, only my 5 year old laptop.
CPU - i5 is more than enough. The extra $ for the i7 wasn't worth it for our uses. I've used the easy Asus OC, 4.5 GHz with no problems.
Cooler - Quiet, fits (barely), and we need to cooling when we don't turn the AC on (currently 82°F in here).
Mobo - I've been running Asus components for awhile now and haven't had a problem yet. The wifi is a nice addition.
Memory - 8GB may have been enough, but I'll be honest - we tend to run way too many programs in the background.
840 EVO - This is my first SSD and I'm blown away.
WD Green - We're using this as a network drive for everything in our house. RAID might be nice, but it's already a backup. I'm not worried about the speed, and honestly it seems fine to me. Nice and quiet.
GTX 770 - Probably overkill, but I don't like worrying about having to change settings all the time if I play any games at 1440p.
Node 304 - Stock fans are fine, even on high. Cables were tough to move out of the way, but I was able to clear big open paths for everything that needs it. The rest... well I'll claim that they help cause turbulence to prevent pockets from forming.
Corsair RM650 - Again, overkill. In everyday use, the fan won't even kick in. I'm not using the Node's bracket since the 160mm fully modular PSU won't fit. Per a very helpful demonstration here at PCPP, I'm using 3M adhesive pads to move it back another 15mm or so. Honestly Fractal, the case is awesome, but couldn't you add 20 cm to the width of this thing?
PB278Q- Awesome. I don't need >60Hz. The built-in speakers sound great to my untrained ears, anything much better would be wasted on me.
CM Quickfire TK - My first mechanical and I love it. Having the full keyboard would be nice, but I don't mind sharing the number pad with the arrow pad if it shaves a few inches off the length. Now I need to talk my employer into buying me one.
Mamba - Awesome wireless - no problems once I turned the lights off.
Desk - It's a standing desk/bookshelf combo. Built it myself with 3/4" black iron pipe and 2" cedar boards.
Thanks again for all the ideas/recommendations.