I'm looking to replace my 4yr pc. Generally, need a PC for Excel, Quickbooks, Illustrator, PS, HTML work, music /video. Not really a gamer though I may get a couple games down the line. Not planning to overclock. Planning to stick with XP Pro, may go with Vista later on depending on my needs. Looked around several forums, read tons of posts and this is what I came up with:
Intel E6600 Core Duo Conroe
ASUS P5B Deluxe Socket T (LGA 775) Intel P965 Express ATX Intel Motherboard
eVGA 512-P2-N637-AR GeForce 7950GT 512MB GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP KO Superclocked Video Card
Ram is overkill if your not going to oc, 533 or 667 value ram will do fine. Same with the mobo, a P5B-E or vanilla P5B will be fine. An aftermarket hsf isnt necessary either, but the Ninja is a pretty good hsf. If your not gaming much a 1900gt or a 7600gt will be more then enough. That psu is a good choice, i have the 620w version and its awesome.