Q9650 would be better depending on budget IMO. These 750i FTW boards seem to hit the sweet spot at about 1800 FSB, with the 9550 that equates to 3.8GHz, with the 9650 its 4.0, and the 9650 is about 40$ more right now. Kinda hard to beat.
i7 while "newer tech" is nothing too special... Not so long ago these discussion boards were littered with the C2D vs C2Q and everyone not running a Q would say how they arent needed blah blah blah... Now they are on i7's and they are the best thing since sliced bread LOL...
i7 = glorified Q. Still have not found much that push 4 cores of my trusty "old" 65nm Q so it will be a bit before I am pimpin i7....
I am going Q9650 and 4.0GHz next
as far as development goes, its just plain and simple marketing. Nothing wrong with XP, but microsoft pimps vista. Nothing wrong with 775, but intel pimps 1366.
PS: microsoft has nothing to do with i7. He tried to buy intel but got red flagged by government.
Now everyone makes money, motherboards, memory, OS, software etc......Edited by 10acjed - 3/11/09 at 1:03pm