The reason I went with the 860 was because I don't plan on overclocking it nor running anything in SLI/Crossfire. I also really don't care about upgrading to the next chip set since I just buy everything new again when I upgrade.
Is there something that I missed when reading about the differences between the 2 chips that I would be better served getting the 920?
I will look into the larger case. I really wanted to stay away from a huge full tower if I could. (lack of space where I put it)
Just a bump to see if anybody else could offer suggestions before I order rest of parts.
Also, can anybody else confirm that I need the full tower to fit that 5970?
Okay, since you don't plan on going CF or SLI, the main question here is if you plan to overclock:
-If you plan on staying stock, the 860 comes out on top thanks to the lower heat production and better Turbo.
-If you want to OC the 920 comes out on top since it has more headroom without tweaking the voltage, thanks to the PCIe controller on the 860 being tied to the BCLK.
As for the case... you don't need to get a full-tower, you just need a deeper mid-tower. The HAF 922 or Storm Sniper (both excellent cases by Cooler Master) or any of the 'Dragonlord' series cases (By Lancool... Lian-Li's budget brand) should do you just fine, as well as many others.