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Mitchquayle - Lots of great advice and differing opinions here. I think if you stated your budget these guys would happily map out a variety of good systems for you. If you want to go with an i3-3220 you can save additional money by not going with a z77 chipset, but wouldn't be able to drop in a k series chip later and overclock it. You need to look at your cpu and mobo as a combo, not individual items.
Also, you should list the games you like to play and what you hope to play coming out. Civ 5 has different needs than Call of Duty, etc.
Take Bioshock Infinite - any quad core at virtually any clock speed sufficed. It all came down to your GPU. Skyrim will take every bit of cpu and gpu you can throw at it.

I would get the least expensive quad core you can swing because game coding is moving that way .

My 17 cents.

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Thanks for your advice I was thinking of doing that is there any quad core Intel processor that stands out and isn't so expensive? And well I have £500 and I want it to be able to run bf3 and 4,COD,Skyrim,simcity and I can't think of any others but I would prefer to go down the Intel route
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Thanks for your advice I was thinking of doing that is there any quad core Intel processor that stands out and isn't so expensive? And well I have £500 and I want it to be able to run bf3 and 4,COD,Skyrim,simcity and I can't think of any others but I would prefer to go down the Intel route

I would go for the 3550P if you can. I have an i3 and I kind of regret not going with an i5. The i3 can still play games fine, though.

    
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What are all the things you need to acquire with that 500 pounds? (cpu, mobo, ram, psu, case, etc, ?)

Also, can you link a good UK equivalent to Newegg?

Here the lowest price i5's are about $180 - which model depends on the website.
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Good websites amazon.co.uk,ebuyer and scanaam yeah 500 on them components
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Wow - Prices in the UK are much higher. 500 pounds may not go far. OK - Using Amazon UK

I5-3470 - 143 pounds
Gigabyte mobo - 60 pounds
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Gigabyte-SKT-1155-Z68XP-UD3P-Motherboard-Rev/dp/B0055054T2/ref=sr_1_110?s=computers&ie=UTF8&qid=1365293421&sr=1-110&keywords=intel+motherboards+1155

I know this is a Z68 series mobo, but it will support the i5-3470 and it has SLI and Cross fire support. Price seems like a close out and it is a better board than all the other 60 pound mobo's. Just make sure you download the latest bios when you first load all the drivers so it will recognize the cpu.

Ram - Kingston, corsair - 45 Pounds for ddr3-1600 2 x 4 Gb sticks (lots of good choices). Go with low profile ram to ensure it clears the CM212 cooler fan.

Nvidia 650ti boost 2 Gb - various models are 155 pounds (Zotac, EVGA)

Corsair CX500 48 pounds Not enough psu to run sli or X-fire, but your budget is tight.

Cooler - CM Hyper 212 EVO - 18 pounds. If you go with a cpu that can't be overclocked, you could skip this for awhile. It is worth it though.

That takes you to 469 pounds. I will let you pick your own case since everyone's tastes vary.
I like understated cases, so to me the Antec One at 45 pounds seems like a solid choice.

If you have a case already that will suffice I would put that money into an i5-3570k for 167 pounds and now you can overclock the cpu.

This rig (with either cpu) should play all the games you mentioned at up to 1920x1080 - but not all of them at the highest settings.

Sorry it took so long to get back to you - working lots of overtime at the moment.

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If you have a particular game in mind to play with your rig (and its not among the handful of games that can truly take advantage of a quad-core) the i3 3220 should be fine. If you want to build a machine that will be top-of-the-line for 4-5 years with just GPU upgrades spend the extra $60 on the i5 3570K. If budget alone led you to choose the i3 I would say take an honest look at the other components in your rig and try to cut corners to get the better CPU. 8gb of RAM vs 16gb, a 120gb SSD (or no SSD) vs a 240gb SSD, or going with an adequate case for $50 instead of a popular case at $120 would all be examples of minor sacrifices that will lead to a build having quite a bit more longevity. Again, though, the i3 3220 is going to be a great budget gaming chip for basically everything but BF3 or Crysis 3 - I'd just never put one in a $100+ case with a $250 SSD and 8x more RAM than any game will use. wink.gif
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