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Does this semi-budget build look ok?

Last response: in Systems
October 14, 2012 12:30:59 PM

I know I only have a 128gb SSD, I'm planning to add a 500gb HD later on. Is there anything anyone would change? I went with the graphics card I did because I do some 3d modeling/rendering, and the Nvidia CUDA cores will help with it. Thanks guys! :) 

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CPU: Intel Core i3-3220 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor ($119.99 @ NCIX US)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master GeminII S524 77.7 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($32.92 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock H77M Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: OCZ Vertex 4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($89.99 @ Microcenter)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 650 Ti 1GB Video Card ($149.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Fractal Design Arc Mini MicroATX Mini Tower Case ($99.98 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: OCZ ModXStream Pro 500W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($59.64 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($19.99 @ Newegg)
Monitor: Asus VE228H 21.5" Monitor ($133.99 @ NCIX US)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($92.11 @ Amazon)
Keyboard: Logitech MK520 Wireless Ergonomic Keyboard w/Laser Mouse ($47.69 @ B&H)
Total: $1006.27
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)

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October 14, 2012 12:42:56 PM

You don't really need aftermarket cooler with i3-3220. Unless there is a real need for a mini case, I would tend to go with something like Corsair Carbide 300R, or Antec 300+2. Also PC Power&Cooling for PSU. If you are looking for any gaming capability, as well as basic CUDA, spend money saved on GTX660.
October 14, 2012 12:56:52 PM

The ModXStream series sucks. Don't get it, trust me.