Answer by NeoHavock · Jun 02, 2011 at 05:10 PM
Core i5-2400 @ $189.99, better Intel bang for the buck than the i5-2500 @ $209.99. On the cheap side the i3-2100 @ $124.99. And overall the still affordable i7-2600 @ $299.99 is hard to beat by even the best AMD hex core processor.
Answer by Illusion Slayer · Jun 02, 2011 at 04:22 PM
At the $200 mark is the i5-2500 At the $300 mark is the i7-2500k
If you're looking for more affordable than that I'd go for the i3-2100 at ~$120. All of these chips work in the same motherboard so you can have a nice long upgrade path.