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One thing to note is that laptops that come from Apple generally have good warranty and they're not very stingy about replacing them. (Completely unlike waht they are like with iPods, I should add) Perhaps instead of getting the GTX 460 waiting for the GTX 560, which should come out soon, would be a better idea.
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Samsung SpinPoint F3 1TB Windows 7 Home Premium x64 Iiyama Prolite PLE2409HDS Corsair TX650W 
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OP, are you sure you don't want to OC? The i5-2500K can be had for $225 and OC's quite well.

Here's what I would suggest, if you're quite sure that you wouldn't OC:
  • CPU: i5-2400 -- $195

    To help you decide, here are some links:
    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/...e350,2843.html
    http://www.cpubenchmark.net/high_end_cpus.html
    http://www.anandtech.com/bench/CPU/2
  • Motherboard: (Personally, I stick to Asus or Gigabyte mobo's; I find Intel mobo's to be overrated and overpriced for their feature set.)

    There are only 2 chipsets available for Sandy Bridge as of now, the H67 and the P67. The H67 allows you to use the integrated graphics, while the P67 allows you to overclock the 'K' edition i5 and i7. You can't do both, however. The P67 boards cost more, but also usually offer more features.

    I STRONGLY RECOMMEND that you do not buy the Asus P8H67-M LX. The P8H67-M LE can be had for a mere $5 more and brings USB 3.0, HDMI and a better looking heatsink into the bargain.

    I would also suggest you take also take a look at this, this and this. The Gigabyte's got better reviews, so that might be a logical choice. If, however, you do not need the features that these boards offer, I suggest that you opt for the P8H67-M LE. -- $100-$135

  • RAM: G.Skill* / Corsair* / Mushkin / Crucial (2 x 2GB; a single 4GB stick would be nice; look for ones with the least CAS latency and a speed of 1333MHz. No sense in buying RAM rated at 1666MHz and above since you won't be OC'eing and 1333MHz is the max officially supported by Intel at the moment) -- $55

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-276-_-Product
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-180-_-Product

  • Chassis: I hear good things about the Antec 300, but I found the build quality somewhat lacking. So, I would say you take your pick from the HAF 912 (if you have some extra fans lying around), the HAF 922 (supposedly has the best airflow; but you'd need some dust filters), CM 690 II Advanced, LIAN LI Lancool PC-K62, or the Antec 902. -- $60-$100

  • Graphics card: I second the suggestion for the AMD Radeon 5770. Unless you wish to overclock, I think the XFX card with its double lifetime warranty would be the ideal. I think rebates are available on Newegg for it. -- $135

    If, however, you skimp on the motherboard and the chassis, you might be able to purchase a Radeon 6850 or a GTX 460.
    (http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/...-570,2834.html)

  • CPU Cooler: The Cooler Master Hyper 212+ -- You can skip this, so I'm not including it in the cost.

  • That leaves the software still unaccounted for. Hopefully you already have it, are a pirate or run Linux, otherwise that puts us in a bit of a jam budget-wise.
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TOTAL: ~$620 (Shipping costs additional.)
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Edited by hmdhruvarora - 1/30/11 at 3:27pm
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