This is my first build and I'm pretty new to all of this but this site definitely helped me out a lot! I was pretty torn as to what I wanted to build. For a while I was planning on building a main rig in the office and something smaller in the living room. Then I talked myself out of building anything at all but the cats got their hopes up of a bunch of boxes to sit in and I didn't want to let them down so I finally settled on one machine, an HTPC to replace my raspberry pi and PS3. Please note that this was not intended to be a gaming rig, I just wanted something that would give me the option to play games at enjoyable settings while maintaining a low TDP. I'm currently using XBMC for media and Steam's Big Picture is great for the console experience I'm used to. I apologize for the lack of parts pictures...you probably don't want to look at boxes, but I got carried away and put it all together before I pulled the camera out.
CPU: Being new to computer building I went in expecting to go with an i5 or i7 but then I found this beauty! With all the back ups of blu rays I've been doing this was an awesome choice over the i5. Encoding movies through handbrake takes no time at all!
Cooler: I was running the stock intel cooler for a couple days and temperatures were reaching 79 degrees C while encoding. I'm sure I could have just reapplied thermal paste and gotten better numbers but I decided to go with something quieter as well and the noctua is dead silent.
Mobo: No need to overclock and I've never had issues with Asus products. The reviews also seemed to be pretty good and so far no complaints except when I first put it together I couldn't get to rig to boot up. I tried everything and finally took the mobo battery out, popped it back in, and voila!
Memory: 8 GB is plenty plus it has super duper awesome fins that are so useful because they...ummm...limit cooler options? oh well...
Storage: I have a Dell XPS 12 and with the boot speeds in that thing I decided an SSD was a must! The 6TB is for all my media and games which continues to grow...
GPU: Got an awesome deal on this guy and for the odd gaming I do it works great. Also helps keep temps and power usage down big time.
Case: The Node 605 is gorgeous! Unfortunately it forced me to get a slim blu ray and with that, no full size ATX mobo. But it's quiet and sexy
PSU: Probably could have saved a bit with this one but I decided to go gold and semi modular. Plus it's small, giving me more room for cables. Also, 450W is plenty since I don't plan on upgrading anything.
Optical Drive: I needed a blu ray reader for backing up my extensive blu ray collection. Options were pretty limited for slim drives and I decided to go with slot loading. I found this guy on ebay and I think $80 is a pretty good deal.
Other: The K400 serves it's purpose and I've never gotten into the keyboard/mouse for gaming so I decided to get an XBOX controller.
Overall I'm very happy with my parts selection and prices and have to say I'm already addicted after just one build! I'd appreciate any comments and opinions!