Ordinarily, today's games are graphics card limited. Normally, one buys the best graphics card they can and gets the CPU they can afford to go with it.
On the other hand, IL-2, IL-2 CoD, and Microsoft FSX tend to be CPU limited.
Thus, it really comes down to how much a person has to spend (in addition to the favorite games). Most don't have an unlimited budget. So, a "balanced" system is needed.
Intel i5-2500K is a great CPU at a reasonable price. Nonetheless, the AMD Phenom II CPUs also work well with the above flight simulations and one can save $$$ to put towards a better graphics card.
We seem to be a few weeks away from the new AMD Bulldozer CPUs and the new AMD HD78xx graphics cards. Those will probably be game changing in the "bang per buck" arena. But we won't know until October (??). So, waiting a month could pay off. At least, the new AMD stuff will drop the prices of the current AMD, Intel, and Nvidia stuff (if money is an object).
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