APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: 1 week BUDGET RANGE: $900 After Rebates
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: iTunes, internet, Runescape, Rollercoaster Tycoon
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, speakers
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.com, but I'm not picky
PARTS PREFERENCES: None
OVERCLOCKING: Yes SLI OR CROSSFIRE: No
MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1680x1050
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I've got about 1K cds I'd like to rip and I need lots of room for digital pictures. I've built 3 PCs, but never overclocked and would like to give that a try. The kids are wanting to play some games, but nothing too intense. I can go either AMD or Intel, I like the looks of the i5 and the Phenom II X 4 955, but are they overkill? The only thing I've really decided is I like the look of is this monitor
The other's builds were OK, but I notice they didn't really address your desire to OC. They also used DDR3... there is something to be said for that, but I think this build is more in line. There is no advantage to DDR3 except that your next build might use it, making for a better investment. DDR2 is going away, so you get it a bit cheaper today.
You might be able to get away with an onboard gpu for now, but you'd be better off down the road if you got a discrete. Also, since you want to OC you don't want the added heat on the northbridge from running integrated graphics.