AMD phenom II x4 965 or Intel i5 2500K?

Hello everyone,
I'm planning on upgrading my computer soon by replacing my current AMD athlon II X4 640 CPU and 760GM-P23 (FX) motherboard- father please forgive me of my sins. Anyway as you can see I'm wondering what to upgrade too. AMD appeal to me as it's in my price range (about £100), however I can get an intel i5 2500k if I look around hard enough on ebay. I want this system to last me all through university which I'll be going to in September 2014- provided all goes well. I would prefer a ATX motherboard so if I did ever want to use crossfire/ SLI or overclock I could. I haven't chosen a GPU to upgrade yet but I've got some ideas in mind and I'm not focused on that just yet. I'm going to give myself a budget on £220 at the very very maximum. I use my computer really for games, watching films and listening to music. I don't have many heavy duty programs. I'm hoping you guys can help me out and any ideas would be much appreciated.
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  1. If you can spend a maximum if 220 pounds, then going woth an overclockable Core i5 and a decent motherboard will be a challange (if we're talking new).

    CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor (£157.99 @ Aria PC)
    Motherboard: MSI Z77A-G41 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard (£62.99 @ Novatech)
    Total: £220.98

    That's a bit over your budget and it's the absolute cheapest option.

    But if you're using your PC for mainly gaming, then your best option is upgrading the graphics card.
    I suggest going for a HD 7950.
    Yes it will be bottlenecked by your current CPU, but i'm pretty sure it would still deliver great performance.,1.html
  2. I am happy to buy second hand parts (provided they work and I feel comfortable with them). So should you suggest an AMD setup instead for my budget?
  3. Well, If you're gaming only, your best bet is going for a high end GPU, so you don't really need to upgrade your CPU.
    With that said you can always upgrade to something like this.

    I'm not very familiar with shopping from Ebay, but at 14 pounds, this is an incredible deal. It's actually better than the Intel Combo i listed above.
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