Hey guys, edit to include stuff: skip below for tl;dr I have just upgraded to a c2q 6600 and my PC is flying, I'm really happy with it in all games, including the RTS games I play (Supreme Commander 2, Company of Heroes, Napoleon Total War and Starcraft 2). I point out RTS games since they are likely to stress the CPU the most with all those pathfinding and trajectory calculations going on, compared to a FPS where I guess it's more limited. A friend of mine is looking to get a new PC as his old one has given up the ghost, but he is skint as anything. His mum is going to put 50% towards it and they were looking at PC World £299 jobbys with IGP - I said it would do the job if you threw in a graphics card but it wouldn't be stellar. Anyway, got talking, and I agreed if he was ok with not having the same kind of return-to-base warranty that he'd get with PC world that I would build for him. Now, if I was building for myself, today, I'd either get an i5 750/760 or one of the newfangled 2500K chips. So much power for the price! The problem is, on my C2Q, I don't struggle to run games, so when looking at someone with a very small budget - does it make sense to buy a top of the line chip? tl;dr - If we wanted to build someone a computer that would satisfactorily play games for next few years on the lowest possible cost, what would we be looking at? He already has a 4650 I got him that can be recycled . Would the following suffice do you think: http://www.scan.co.uk/savedbasket/1efe7d88ecda481995023e3ebce241be Cheers!