I want a new system that will last for 3-5 years with options to upgrade perhaps along the way. I'm budgeting for around $1000+ I'm focusing on a game oriented machine. It should also be noted that I'm interested in safely overclocking, so any comments, insights, or suggestions along those lines would be appreciated.
So far I've accumulated a lot of suggestions, read a lot of articles, and other new build posts and have come up with the following. Some of these are ORs because I'm really not sure which direction to go.
I would definitely go with the G.Skill RAM. The standard voltage for DDR2 RAM is 1.8v. Anything over that is factory overclocked/overvolted. DDR2 800 RAM will still allow you to OC the E8500 to 3.8GHz which is plenty since you said you were aiming for a "safe overclock".
I've had great luck with Gigabyte boards lately. This one is an awesome overclocker: