The 860 is simply clocked slightly slower than the 870. It's just like getting the i5-760 instead of the i5-750 - they're just clocked faster. Everything else, the cache, memory, etc remains the same - you could say its a part of intel's marketing or for those who aren't too experienced with overclocking.
If you do know how to overclock, then both shouldn't really matter - just go for the cheapest one
I'm new to building computers so I guess better to go with the 870 since it's already overclocked for me.
Can any of you guys recommend an Asus (or other) board on the top of your head... I don't plan to have mutli-GPU so one PCI x16 is enough, I also don't need USB3/SATA6 since it's so new and probably hasn't been implemented correctly.
I don't want to pay for this new features that I won't use or anyone for years.
I'm just getting overwhelmed with the motherboard selection. Some people say a particular model is good others claim it fails.
I was going to buy an i7-860 processor when I found the 870 to be priced exactly the same.
I am not comprehending this... is there something special with the 860 that it did not drop in price?
Even though the 870 sounds better I'm still leaning toward the 860 for some reason, would that be a stupid mistake?
if its the same price then grab the 870, at the time when i got my 860 in Dec the 870 was like $700 while the 860 was only $299 wasnt worth the extra money for a processor that is just +1 higher on multiplier and like 130mhz faster.