I needed another computer for CPU-intensive work. I will eventually buy a new desk, screen, mouse, and keyboard, but for now I use a KVM switcher (mouse-keyboard ONLY) and use my monitor's input switch to switch between inputs (DVI or VGA) since the KVM is VGA only and VGA really sucks (blurry). So I at least have one computer coming through DVI for now.
I wanted as small a case as practically possible because I might be traveling with it one day.
Has room for a graphics card. Adding one will instantly turn it into a great gaming rig.
Went for 1x8 GB because I need lots of RAM for work, and I can upgrade to 16GB easily, otherwise I would have went for 2x4.
Oh yeah, $600 budget!
BTW, there's a black box very very faintly visible in the "final build pic" (first). That's my expensive subwoofer... so my music can go "oomph oomph" in the night. Cooler master case is smaller than my subwoofer, haha!
Build Tips: Install PSU LAST!!! Zalman cooler guide is really *ing confusing, use youtube. Zalman cooler comes with thermal paste. Raidmax is pretty quiet! My wireless USB receiver didn't fit on the KVM switch with a VGA cable also attached (using my montitor as the video switch instead)
REPLY TO COMMENTS: Yeah, I didn't know what Z97 was, have been out of the computer building scene for a while and thought H97/Z97 was just a model name... yeah I meant to post my parts lists to the forum for double checking, but it slipped my mind, dam.