As I am now spending more and more time gaming at my friend's (we do regular LAN weekends) and my girlfriend's, I thought I would finally take the plunge and make a more LAN friendly Mini-ITX build. The last time I had finished a complete build was back in 2010, and after seeing Parvum's awesome cases the decision to start this was made.
The stars also happened to align and I got lucky with a LOT of the components here (so some of the choices were made for me in that regard):
CPU: I work for a reseller and we had this in the unreturnables for cheap, I basically picked it up for the same price as the G3258 so it was a bit of a no brainer. I'll probably switch it out for an i5/7 later once I have more money and this can go into a HTPC/gaming rig for either my stepdad or girlfriend.
Motherboard: Was looking at Z97, then saw that Scan had this Z87 on sale for under £70 so thank you very much.
Memory: Cheap and fitted the colour scheme of the rest of build.
SSDs: Got for a bit less through work, I was going to only get the 250GB but then a cheap 500GB turned up after I had already gotten the 250GB, so I thought screw it and just got both.
GPU: Again got this cheaper through work. Could have gotten an R9 270/280 for better value for money buuuuuuut this draws so much less power and the fans don't even kick on until I start gaming. Plus my last few exeperiences with AMD have been... less than stellar.
PSU: Needed an SFX and Silverstone is pretty much the only game in town :S read reviews with people saying they have issues with the noise under load but it's been fine for me.
Case: I love it. Parvum guys turned round having it in a custom colour within 2 weeks and didn't charge any extra for it. It's more work to build and to maintain then any other case I've had before but I honestly don't care because it is so pretty.