A lot of gamers started out with an Intel computer. Sure it may not have been a Pentium II or a 486 but there's no denying that it was the easier brand to buy back in the day with AMD gaining traction in the beginning of the Pentium era. Some of you reading this, in fact, may have even had a joy of running Windows 95 on an Intel processor with a Voodoo graphics card that was capable of at least playing Red Alert. A lot of the impression that blue brand made on you carried over until socket 478, where Netburst's weaknesses started to show when compared to AMD's brand-spanking new Athlon x64 chip which could have run rings around it.
Intel didn't like this one bit. It realised that something had to be done to stop the madness and allow it to regain control of the market once more. It set its engineers to work on figuring out the standard that all CPUs in the future would later be compared to. Some people called its arrival the "golden age of computing" while others shot it down because it was expensive at the time. Enthusiasts who just really didn't like change didn't have much to say about it at all - but they bought one anyway, one way or another. This isn't just any single piece of silicon I'm talking about; no, this is much bigger than that.
This is the legacy of socket LGA775.