Originally Posted by Fromm
CPU: intel xeon e3 1230 v3 3.3g~3.7g 226USD
If you're not overclocking this is the best CPU you can put in an ITX build in this price class. There are higher clocked hyperthreaded Haswell quads available both in the E3 and i7 line, but I don't believe they are necessarily "worth" the added cost.
CPU Cooler: noctua nh-u9b se2 66USD
Stock cooler would technically work fine.
Wouldn't hurt to wait on the HSF purchase until after assembly so you can take measurements. CPU socket position varies by board. You may be able to use a smaller case for this build, in which case the cooler would have to change.
MOBO: msi b851 mini-itx 83USD
MSI Z87i would be my recommendation even without any plans to overclock. I believe it brings a lot to the 1150 socket ITX form factor worth having in the long run. Wifi. Bluetooth. Heatsunk VRMs. More USB. More Audio I/O etc.
RAM: apacer ddr 1600mhz 16gb 8G*2 169USD
I don't know which specific kit you have in mind so can't rate.
I would go with the low profile 1.35V 2x8GB 1600 Ballistix kit from Crucial personally. $165 last I checked and will maximize your CPU cooling options.
GPU: msi gtx760 gaming 2g 281USD
Can't Rate, not sure which specific model.
There's an ITX specific version of the GTX760 from MSI for ~$276 shipped at the egg right now. It's only ~170mm long. If you're trying to minimize the size of the build, that would be the way to go IMO.
SSD: plextor m5s 256G 182USD
The M5S is a great drive, and was a great drive nearly 2 years ago as well
(getting a little out-dated but is still a good drive)
The Crucual M500 240GB is usually ~$150 and offers some modern advancements in SSD tech. Better value IMO.
PSU: nzxt hale82 v2 550w 78USD
This is a functional PSU but is not particularly great by comparison to other options. If it were priced at $50 I would give it a better rating for value reasons, but there are PSUs with higher efficiency and better regulation and part quality for less money. That said if aesthetics are in play, then the guts may just have to give a little.
CASE: inwin 901 mini itx 195USD
I believe that with a smaller CPU cooler and the ITX version of the GTX760, you could go smaller than this for less money. However, this is a nice looking case, sometimes aesthetics are more important than on-paper value, so don't take my rating to critically if you like this case.
Alternatives: Rosewill Legacy V6-B ($70), LIAN LI PC-TU100B orPC-TU100A (~$100-120), Silverstone SST-FT03B-MINI ($125), LIAN LI PC-Q30X ($130)Edited by mdocod - 1/11/14 at 4:47pm