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Motherboard:
Gigabyte GA-P67A-UD3P-B3 Motherboard = $209.00

CPU:
Intel Core i7 2600 = $325.00

RAM:
G.Skill ECO F3-10666CL7D-4GBECO (2x2GB) DDR3

Graphics card:
Gigabyte GeForce GTX 460 1GB Overclocked = $209.00

Case:
Cooler Master Elite 370 with window

Mouse/Keyboard:
Logitech MK320 Wireless Desktop = $55.00

Power Supply:
XFX Core Edition Pro 850W
 

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I recommend the GTX 460 768MB card. It is a solid card that can be found at a discount right now because it is being replaced by the GTX 550 Ti, but the new card is slower. The 768MB version of the GTX 460 is only slightly slower than the 1GB version, but costs substantially less. See the slight performance difference in this article:

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/geforce-gtx-460-gf104-fermi,2684.html

Note that on the THG Best Card for the Money article linked below, the GTX 460 1 GB is one of the cards recommended at the $200 price level. This card is almost as fast and as shown in the review above, and costs quite a bit less..

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/best-gaming-graphics-card-geforce-gtx-590-radeon-hd-6990,2879.html

For a specific card, I recommend the MSI Twin Frozr because of its effective but quiet heatsink/fan, factory overclock, and good price – only $130 after rebate.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127519&cm_re=gtx_460_768mb-_-14-127-519-_-Product

Here is a convenient source for more information about video card reviews links to helpful sources.

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I agree that the 1 GB version of the GTX 460 card is better than the 768MB version, but not by enough to warrant the higher price when the 768MB version is being heavily discounted.
 
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