I can get the i7 920 for $200 (@ Microcenter), I haven't looked hard but the i7 860 is around $290 (@ Newegg). I would have to get mobo and memory with both processors. In the end with what I currently have priced out for both the i7 920 setup would be about $40 cheaper with 6gb of ram compared to 4gb. I also plan on upgrading from my 512mb 4850 crossfire setup to a single 5850. My current main rig is a q9550 @ 3.7ghz with 8gb of ram. Spare is a q6600 @ 3.6ghz with 4gb of ram. I do encoding using handbrake to rip my retail dvd collection to my file server, but mostly game.