I'm not an "old-experienced" spcr reader, but maybe I can add few comments. (and my last build was hackintosh)
Core i5 4570
What are the needs of your wife? What macbook she was using until now?
If it's just basic, you could go with i3-4330, which would reduce the cost also.
Still compatible for hackintosh, still with integrated HD4600.
The i3 is also smaller TDP (54W vs 84W), which means less heat to extract, less fan noise hopefully.
For the RAM, I agree with Abula. Low profile is good with your small case. Corsair is good compatible, no worries.
The RAM does seem a little over the top spec wise for a simple desktop system. More basic RAM would save a little money and may help give more CPU cooler clearence.
I'm not sure which RAM, edh was looking, but this Corsair seems to be the cheapest one, for £70. In black it's bit cheaper.
If you take the XMS3
or the Low profile
, it will be smaller, allowing clearance for the CPU cooler.
(I had XMS basic one in my last hackintosh. I'll take the low profile in my next small ITX)
I never have tried to do a Hackintosh, but i see a lot chose gigabyte for motherboards, not sure why or if any other brands are viable?
Gigabyte are the most compatible boards. Others are also compatible, but sometimes needs more hassle and configs.
This H87N-Wifi is the recommended one for mini ITX.
That's the one I am also planning for my future build
(running Mac OSX)
About Be Quiet PSU, I had one in my previous computer (until last week... sold
). It was great. I never had many builds (like other users here), so I cannot say it's better than my other 10. But for a first onr, I liked it. (Although I had the Straight Power, bit more expensive). it was good quality and very silent. (Be Quiet is well known around here in Germany/Austria. One of the best sold on amazon, that's why I took it in 2012)
I would definitely recommend modular PSU, when we build small factor and when we don't need 6 HDDs.
Even in my case TJ08-E, it was crazy to tuck nicely all the cables.
430W is overkill for sure. But at same time, there is no 250W modular or even 250W good PSU. (We were talking about it, in another thread here.
PicoPSU is a good suggestion from Edh, in my opinion. (that's what I am planning)
I was running 40-60W with i3, SSD + 2 HDDs.
But if you are thinking a GPU later, then you have to count it from now.
The Node 304 is definitely great choice (which I almost took, after Abula's recommendation in my thread), especially if you are planning 3 HDDs later, + GPU.
It's £67 instead of £40 the CM Elite 130. Looking at the quality, I think it's worth the little additional cost.