I'm looking for some pointers tweaking this rig, I am a broke college student :/ But not terribly, I am also saving up for a new desk, keyboard, other peripherals and a freeNAS server Plex and whatnot.
I really want as close to silence as I can get in this general price range.
I don't really want to buy a graphics card because I'm not a gamer.
I have mass storage from my current build that I can use to hold me over until I build the NAS
The final stickler, because I don't play games often but I do play some games like Dota 2 and BBT idk if I should get an Intel processor which would allow me to make it a Hackintosh or if I should just stick with the A10, but be stuck with linux only
Looks pretty decent, the stock cooler won't be too loud until it ramps up. I used to dabble in the land of hackintosh a while back and can say that it's really a pain in the butt. If you can get by with everything you need on linux, do that, believe it or not, you'll have a much better time.
IIRC Iris Pro is definitely not enough for anything except basic web browsing. However, since this is a desktop build, things could be different. Head over to some IRC channels and ask around, might get a faster answer there.
I know the psu and ram are overkill, I am ok with spending the extra money for silence and quality, and I am going with the because I am going to be Painting it to look something like the golden whale from Battle Block Theater :D. Although I was considering the PC-Q30 and Paint A Penguin on the front...
Well, there are 2 main factors with a PSU, quality and wattage. You want the quality, you don't need the wattage, so you will just burn your money. You can buy a PSU that's the same silence and quality, but lower wattage and price. You won't gain anything by buying lots of RAM neither. The Q30 would be a way better choice as the case ;)
There is nothing Intel can do that AMd can't and you would save yourself a lot of cash by sticking with AMD for the CPU. Intel's iGPU blows chunks versus AMD's iGPU. I don't know of anyone who says, they want an intel iGPU for gaming. Plus, Intel only beats AMD at Single-threaded applications which a CAD program is NOT. A decent CAD program would make use of the full CPU and be Multi-thread/Multi-core optimized. The 7850K is fine paired with 2400Mhz RAM and you are golden for some BF4 1080p gaming. (if it ran windows) the 860K is good too paired with an AMD 270X/280/280X. The claim that AMd drivers suck completely is unfounded as of Omega driver release. Sure, intel's drivers for iGPU under linux are better......the iGPU still blows chunks vs AMD's. AMD's iGPU with opensource drivers still kicks Intel's iGPU's ASS.