This is a pure gaming build with some light photoshop and 3D rendering in mind for college. All screenshots taken with an old iPhone, please bear with me.
CPU: I own this CPU for about 2 years now and it still runs rock solid. I was able to get away with an 4.0GHz overclock with the EVGA mITX Cooler at stock voltage but my temps were almost breaking 70C at 25-28C ambient room temp when I'm gaming.
CPU Cooler: This is one pricey cooler for it's compact size and performance.... I included screenshots of the 92mm CPU Cooler being perfectly compatible even with the Optical or DVD Drive installed. Hopefully pcpartpicker can re-update their compability issues with the case and air coolers. Due to the placement of my motherboards CPU Socket, I had to remount it the other way and the hot air is pushed right to the back of the graphics card along with the aid of positive pressure. The card sucks it in and exhausts it out causing my GPU temps to be a bit higher but my CPU is much cooler at the expense. I have tested the CPU fan pulling air from the heatsink but the temps weren't as good as pushing air through the heatsink...
Thermal Compound: I bought it when it was cheap and it spreads really easily. You just can't go wrong with MX-4.
Motherboard: I bought this board at Newegg as a combo deal with my i5 3570k. It's been about 2 years and it performs very well and overclocking is a piece of cake.
Storage: My cousin gave me the SanDisk 64GB and Samsung 840 Pro 128GB SSD as he is planning to upgrade his old rig nor use it in his newer build as both drives already gotten a few dozen writes on them so they aren't as fast as those out of the box. I use the Sandisk SSD to hold My Download, Picture, Document and Music Files and the Samsung 840 Pro 128GB will hold a few lesser games. My primary SSD is my Kingston HyperX 3K as a boot drive with a majority of games split between it and my Samsung 840 EVO. Everything opens up blazingly fast, I just can't bring myself to using dedicated mechanical hard drives anymore.
Video Card: I bought this card last summer, It was like the best deal I ever made on just released graphics card and the price got slashed half a year later. I was hella mad. But it was worth it, runs cool for a blower design graphics card. This card is the perfect 1080p killer.
Case: I bought this case last month on Newegg, it had a promo code that dropped the price from $89.99 to $80.99 along with a $10 rebate that I already mailed to Corsair. Everything about this case feels great but the dust filters feel a bit flimsy and fragile....I might slap some Demci filters on later if they rip apart.
Power Supply: I bought this on Newegg this week that also had a $10 rebate card. It is very compact and it makes cable management very easy in the 250D. I recommend this power supply to everyone who wants to get the 250D case and wants to hide the cables better. 100% japanese capacitors, gold guarantee coverage and only $79.99, huge steal I would say. This deal swayed me away from the EVGA SuperNOVA G2 750W power supply which was more expensive..
Operating Systems: This operating system is very lovely, I just can't get myself to ditch this and grab Windows 8 or 8.1.
Case Fans: I bought all these Noctua fans at Platinum Micro and they sell it quite cheap along with free ship. These are incredible, the only noise I hear is the air they pull and blast into the case. I run positive pressure in the case so it should keep dust accumulation inside the case minimal. Update: I added two NF-R8 Fans to the case as exhaust, look at the last pic for details. It was quite expensive for just two 80mm fans but I guess it's worth the quality.
Keyboard: The tactile feedback is very satisfying, tack tack tack.
Mouse: It's so lightweight, and the rubber grips is such a game changer. I'm digging the new coating idea, you can still grip on very firmly even if you have sweaty hands.