Okay so I'm embarking on a new project for my independent study, and PC Hardware is where I'd like to cover next. (Did a little debian, python, blender, networking etc.) My budget is probably somewhere around $1000 but that can bend a little. I'd love to be able to hackintosh it, but it's not completely required. And I'd like a Core i7, with at least 4gb DDR3 RAM to start. The way I see it as, the parts harder to replace should be more heavily invested in, the processor, case, power supply, system board. And after that the weaker parts can be the video card, ram, hard drive etc. I'd assume NewEgg would be the best place to start, but my problem is that I don't know how compatible all of the hardware is. Thanks! P.S. I'd preferably run OS X as I have a installation disc, if not then Ubuntu, and probably Win7 after that.