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Micro Center has both of these for 229.99. I am looking into building an all around rig, no gaming, multimedia with some photo and video editing at the hobby level, office use, internet, etc. What do you like and why?
 

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Out of those two go for the 870, RAM kit & board will be a little cheaper.

Both of those sound like overkill for your needs though, if they have an i5 or comparable quad for cheaper that 229.99 that'll fit your needs better.

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the microcenter by me has an i5-760 for 169.99, like bleedingroue said, it should be fine for your uses. It's still a quad core, and requires less watts than the i7-950. Pretty good potential for overclocking too.
 

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950.

Triple Channel RAM and upto 24x multi.
 

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Out of those two go for the 870, RAM kit & board will be a little cheaper.

Both of those sound like overkill for your needs though, if they have an i5 or comparable quad for cheaper that 229.99 that'll fit your needs better.

Edit: And welcome to OCN!
Thanks for the input and welcome! I have been lurking here for a while and decided to take the plunge. I am not even thinking of overclocking, but I was looking for a forum to get some good desktop info and this seems to be the one!

You're right about the overkill, but I want something that I can get several years out of. I have also done some research on the i5-760 and that should be fine too, Micro Center has them for 169.99.
 

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Those are all quality boards so it all comes down to preference and price. Personally I like the Gigabyte boards, used them in the last few machines and they're great. USB 3.0 & SATA III are a plus, but you can always get a PCI card for that later.
 

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Those are all quality boards so it all comes down to preference and price. Personally I like the Gigabyte boards, used them in the last few machines and they're great. USB 3.0 & SATA III are a plus, but you can always get a PCI card for that later.
What do you like for comparable Gigabyte boards? I just figured if I am starting from scratch that I may as well get a board with USB 3.0 and SATA III. Hopefully that will help me maximize the life of the system.

Cutting edge is always expensive, so I usually like to get something a level or two below top of the line but still good quality and future proof for a few years.
 

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What do you like for comparable Gigabyte boards? I just figured if I am starting from scratch that I may as well get a board with USB 3.0 and SATA III. Hopefully that will help me maximize the life of the system.

Cutting edge is always expensive, so I usually like to get something a level or two below top of the line but still good quality and future proof for a few years.
Here's a good one:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813128412

That's about as cheap as it gets (through newegg anyway) for a board with both USB 3 and SATA 3.
 

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Excuse my ignorance, but is Sandy Bridge replacing 1156 only? Is there a new socket around the corner to replace 1366?
For now it is only replacing 1156. It will be replacing 1366 towards the end of 2011.
 

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For now it is only replacing 1156. It will be replacing 1366 towards the end of 2011.
So the new socket will be 1155. What will the new X-58 socket be?
 
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