SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: programming and virtualization (on linux, everything else on Windows 7), Photoshop, music (software synths and recording with a 8-input PCI card I have), web surfing, watching videos (hulu, etc..., no bluray), no gaming whatsoever
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: dvd burner, keyboard, speakers, OS, sound card (integrated is fine), video card (I have a Radeon 4650 which I'll use)
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.com
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: usa
Core i7-860 (might be overkill, but I want this to last a while and you never know what I might be into later. Not interested in the i5-750)
24" non wide-color-gamut monitor at least 1920x1080, preferably 1920x1200
At least 4GB of ram, could be persuaded to get more
It's possible I might use Firewire in the future
OVERCLOCKING: probably not
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: No
MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1200
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I'd really like it to be quiet
For what I need these don't seem that different and are practically the same price. I'm leaning toward the Asus because a review said the Gigabyte boards had slower SATA read burst speeds, not sure if that makes a practical difference, though.
Apparently there are some issues with how the CPU seats on the socket, potentially causing burns and fatal damage to the processor and the mobo. If you're planning to get an 860 why not just for for the i7 920 instead?
Thanks for your suggestions guys, I really appreciate it. From what I've been reading, it seems the 920 beats the 860 only when you overclock it. I'm probably not up to learning cooling and overclocking fundamentals, so I'll probably end up waiting until this issue with the 1156 socket is resolved, or more is known about it.