I hope this is the right forum for this. I'm doing my first ever PC build and I'm looking to spend £170-£230 on a processor. I want as fast a processor as possible with a view to gaming. I'm initially intending to run the processor in stock form and then overclock later in the year with a cpu cooler etc. What would you recommend in terms of these 3 processors:
OC potential is amazing for each one of those chips! However, if your purpose for your rig is pure gaming, I would recommend going for the i5 3570k. It's not worth getting an i7 due to the Hyperthreading and extra cost; games just don't utilise it yet.
+1 to everything mocchan said. Go with the 3570k and save $100. For gaming, even the 3570k stock will be plenty of power, overclocking isn't really necessary as your GPU will always be the bottleneck until you get into something like 690 SLI.
Thanks for the responses. I had a feeling that would be the answer, I'll put the extra £50 towards a better GPU.
Great choice! When building a gaming rig, if you have the choice between an i7+Mid-range GPU, or i5+High-end GPU, always go for the i5 compromising a little bit for your GPU will give you the best results IMO.