The two stock machines trade blows in our productivity applications, with only minor time variances surfacing. More notable is the overclocked machine now trails by four percent in 3ds Max, ABBYY Fine Reader and Blender. However, Visual Studio is basically a draw both stock and overclocked, as a few seconds of variance in such a long test is insignificant and well within a per-run margin of error.
Preferably one with Inverter technology, which will decrease the temperature delta (it doesn't start-stop once it reaches a given temperature threshold).
Since the purpose of these SBM machines is (imho) to learn things, I would have liked to have seen a different mobo used, for comparison.
I appreciate the thoughtful approach to overclocking that was used here.
The only niggle I can't resist is the $18 for the optical drive. For months, I've been seeing one or another of them for around $13-$14. That seems a small thing, but that $4-$5 plus the leftover may have bought either a better cooler or a faster HDD.
same with the game of the year, Dragon Age Inquisition.
I suspect it's time to drop dual cores as a build suggestion.