the i3/5/7 are significantly more expensive than the comparable AMD and being im out of work and limited on funds. due to the limited funds i am leaning towards either an Athlon ii x4/6 or Phenom ii X4/6/8 (if my mobo is still good) and if it isnt and i need a new one i cant decide between the AMD FX Series, APU A6/8/10 or the Athlon 880k (or another of the Athlon xxxK editions). as i stated before my limiting factors are the DDR3-12800u Ram, mATX case, 650W PSU and only space for 4 fans (2x120mm and 2x80mm) plus the HS+fan which because of the case im limited on size and thus ability to keep it cool and still be able to OC the hell out of it.
also i wasnt planning on building a PC right now but im being forced to, i was hoping to be able to squeeze 2-3 more years out of my Athlon ii x2 at which time my plan was to build a beast (or as beastly as i can) for $3k. So i guess this is mainly just a band aid to get me through the next 2-3 years but since i have to buy a CPU and possibly a mobo i might as well upgrade at least a bit. i suppose the bottom line is i want the best mobo+CPU i can get for around $150, $200 at the very top. i was planning on buying a used CPU and getting a cheap board so i dont break the bank while im out of work and still be able to utilize most if not all the paarts i already have.