So I am building a computer for my parents to replace their 8 year old Dell pentium-based rig (which is falling apart)...but I'm on a pretty tight budget (I'm trying to get it in the low to mid $800's range...if I can go lower than that EVEN BETTER). This rig won't be doing much if any gaming, but photography editing is pretty essential.
But my biggest question is: which processor? I can get an i7 920 at Microcenter for $200. Is there a huge difference, besides the socket type, between 920 (or 930) and the 860 line? In terms of the over-all build, which would keep my costs down but retain solid performance for a few years?
My current items (suggestions to bring my costs down or retain performance/reliability are SO welcome):
Lol I know right? Unfortunately, my dad is convinced that anything numbered less than 7 in intel's i-# line are junk. (To be honest, an i5 build would be soo much better/easier/cheaper...but, what do I know---I'm just the "non-future thinking" 23-year old son).