Thanks for the feedback. Let me verify this to make sure I understand. You're suggesting for gaming the i5 because in game (and probably most real world applications) I won't notice the performance difference and with the difference in cost I can get the better video card which will have more impact on my gaming? This machine is purely for gaming. I've got other computers for everything else. I've just been away from PC building for a while so I'm asking some rather noobish questions I'm sure.