I always liked the way the BitFenix Prodigy cases looked so when one came up for such a cheap price I bought it immediately and figured I'd work around it. I found out quickly working in an ITX case is not simple! It was pretty fun to do and I can't wait to see the response when I put it up for sale. I'm hoping my Maneki-neko will bring great fortune! Regarding the gpu, I was planning on using the EVGA 750 TI, but I received an offer I couldn't refuse on it. I was planning on using the R9 270 for something else, but it has worked out great so far!
For graphics I benchmarked Uningine Valley, Mafia II, NBA 2k13 (14 has issues), Battlefield 4, and Titanfall. Tests were done no a 1920x1080p 60hz plasma tv. Valley results are above in pictures. For BF4 and Titanfall I used fraps to get an idea of fps. I'm sure during heavy fire the numbers will dip substantially. By no means am I trying to indicate this setup will achieve a constant 52fps in BF4. I am very pleased with the performance.
Battlefield 4 - Ultra (4x AA) - 52fps Titanfall - Ultra - 55fps Mafia II - Ultra maxed - 57fps, 4x AA - 60fps NBA 2k13 - Ultra maxed 55fps
It was pretty fun to do this build and I can't wait to see the response when I put it up for sale. I'm hoping my Maneki-neko will bring great fortune!
CPU: Purchased with MSI Z97-PC mate from Microcenter. Sold motherboard on Ebay and subtracted from original price. 4.0ghz stable with Prime. Could go higher I'm sure but since it's for sale I want to make sure it's stable. Plus it's on the stock cooler.
Motherboard: This was a tough decision. I didn't want to get a budget board with zero options and I needed to make sure it could overclock the G3258. This board fit that build. The built in wifi is a nice perk as well! Price after 10% off promo from Newegg.
Memory: Nothing special. Price after rebates.
HDD: Bought in bulk from Quill.com.
GPU: Price after rebate from Tigerdirect. I really like MSI video cards and this one hasn't disappointed.
Case: Sale price after rebate from Tigerdirect. Was a no brainer to grab it for such a price.
psu: Price after rebate and promo from Newegg.
OS: Sidemicro.com has the best price for a legit OS I've found. Comes with certification and key.
Case Fans: Price after rebate from Tigerdirect. I'm a huge fan of Cougar case fans. Great product for the money.