AMD will be cheaper in this price range for the same performance .
Also intel is dropping socket 775 this year and i dont think its the best idea to buy the last of any tech because its obsolete faster
It will play crysis btw . I have an e7300 @ 3.33 GHz , 2 gig of ram and a 4850 running XP and crysis runs about 35 FPS on high .
Its an utterly crap game though so I played it one and binned it
would an AMD Phenom II X2 550 be better? if so, what motherboard?