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Intel Cpu help!

I'm trying to make my first gaming build. I am a casual gamer and my cpu budget is max $230.
I'm going with intel and I'm trying to decide on which CPU to get.

Is the i5 2500k that much different from the 3570k? The price difference on Newegg is only 10 dollars.. Suggestions on what I should get? pros/cons?
I plan to eventually overclock.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819116504
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115072

Also can somebody explain what graphics 3000/4000 means? (probably a really stupid question)

Thanks for the help! :)

edit:
I have a z77 mobo already! I can link the product if it helps.
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  1. You say casual gamer, what do you mean? What games are you wanting to play?
  2. d3, sc2, dota2

    However we all want the best we can get and something that is "future proof".
    I may move on to bf3 at some point in time.
    Nothing at super high settings.

    and a correction to the price difference. Microcenter has the 2500k at $160 and the 3570k at $190.
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    If you plan to overclock the sandybridge will achieve higher clocks at lower temps. Ivybridge temps balloon when voltage is adjusted.
  4. You will struggle to play any of those games on the Intel graphics, make sure you budget for a discrete graphics card
  5. noise said:
    If you plan to overclock the sandybridge will achieve higher clocks at lower temps. Ivybridge temps balloon when voltage is adjusted.


    Ok thanks for the info.

    lets say I plan to overclock a little, but the 30 dollar difference wasn't an issue. Is the ivybridge better in general?


    And yes I do plan on getting a discrete graphics card!
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