I never installed the stock intel cooler, so I don't know exactly how noisy it is, but there are review websites that compare many coolers and this particular model based on multiple reviews is a good bit quieter. It's important to note that setting custom fan profiles in your motherboard's BIOS (ex. 40% fan if the CPU is under 50C, 50% under 60C, 60% under 65C, 70% under 70c, etc) really helps keep the PC quiet under normal operation.
I own an E3 1231V3 that got a score of 10145 out of the box on the PassMark CPU Mark test straight out of the box.
Beautiful build, I love the case! You'll want to move the RAM that's in the slot closest to the CPU into the yellow slot furthest from the CPU, or else the RAM will be running two sticks in single channel mode, instead of sharing the work and running both sticks together in dual channel mode. You want both sticks in the same color slot, and your motherboard sequentially looks in the yellow slots first so if you only have two sticks you want them in those slots. Great bargain hunting, never seen someone with the RAM as the most expensive component before haha
Hopefully I'm not too late, but this has been working out great for me! The CPU cooler is pretty nice, but if you're budget strapped and aren't worrying too much about noise, it is not necessary at all. The stock one will allow the cpu to run at the same speeds this one does, as it is a non-overclocking cpu. A better cooler does not keep your room cooler, because the heat being created by the CPU is a constant. I like my computer quiet, and so it was worth the $40 Quality of Life investment.
Gaming this thing does very well, allowing me to max out older AAA titles (max out for me means 120fps, as I have a 120hz monitor), and run new AAA titles at decent enough framerates. It runs CSGO and TF2 at 300fps. For productivity stuff it is zippy as hell and I've never had a chance to "get up, make a pot of coffee and go get the mail", because I haven't found anything that will make this computer need to work that hard.
I was really in love with the Xeon chips that are just cut-down i7's, and they usually come out half way in between chip releases. I didn't feel it was worth waiting for a possible skylake based Xeon when I could get a haswell based Xeon for $40 off of intel MSRP locally, especially considering the cost savings and added stability assosciated with building on a mature platform.
RAM hasn't been a bottleneck in consumer systems since the early-mid 2000's, and that won't change any time soon. DDR4 is a point against skylake because of it's higher cost from my point of view.
Thank you for the kind words!
Great build for the money
Great build for the money
is exactly what I was hoping to hear :)
It's a nice little cooler, I think it's much much better than the Hyper 212 everyone always recommends. Unfortunately Scythe is a pretty small Japanese company so their products don't get the recognition they deserve when they go up against the coolermasters of the world.
I really had to hold myself back from spending more than I needed on a system, my first build I bought a million fans, an optical drive I used like 5 times in 5 years, spent extra to get a crossfire mobo and a hefty PSU and then never actually added a second card.
Nice Hackintosh! I've kept my eye on the hackintosh scene for ages but I've never had a good enough excuse for building one myself D:
I couldn't find any issue with the GPU, at all. Cosmetically it appeared perfect to me, and it functions quite well. The box was very plain and only contained the GPU inside of a plastic clamshell, with no documentation, stickers, driver CD or cables, but I didn't need nay of that anyways.