so would be a shame to go sandybridge and not overclock
Yeah, so I keep being told. But I'll be upgrading from an old AMD Athlon II X2 220, a simple little dual-core. Even at stock clock speed I think an i3 will be more than satisfactory. The only thing I could do that might tax it is to try and game at 1080p, and I think that's more of a graphics card bottleneck, so I should save my money for that.
Though even there I don't plan on playing Crysis or Battlefield 3. I like simple games like Starcraft, Portal, Bioshock, Mass effect, and all their accompanying sequals. I also plan on getting Diablo III when it comes out. Even at high graphics, none of these should require an exceedingly powerful GPU.
Oh and, thanks for answering my initial question, you've reassured me.