Okay, so say I have a little bit to spend on this switch over to the intel world and I wanted the i5 at least. Which i5 should I go with and what's a pretty nice mobo for it? I'd say budget being about $500-ish?
I am currently in the process of building a rig myself and from what I have read there are only 3 options:
i5 3450 (slightly slower than i5 3550 but not sure if it's noticeable)
i5 3550 (pretty much the same as i5 3570k, just not unlocked)
i5 3570k (get this one if you're going to overclock only)