ok thanks a bunch, i've read a ton today all over about lots of stuff think i'm ready to go now have my ssd/HDD going to pick up that £50 dual core to tie me over and upgrade to an i5 at a later date once ive saved some and buy a beasty GPU.
one last question for you though which i havent been able to find an answer too
packard bell bv mcp73
this is the motherboard my current (bought, i didn't build it) computer has and i think the thermal paste may of degraded as i'm getting very high temps in games that never used to get my processor heating up so much so i thought i would buy a new CPU cooler (just a cheap one) to tie this computer over but the problem i've found is i cant find much info on this board via google (still sifting through things now) are CPU coolers universal? i'm running with the side panel off due to the GPU i upgraded to a couple of years ago didn't fit properly (i regularly clean the machine)
intel core 2 quad q8200 is my processor if that info is needed.
p.s. main reason i need a stand in cooler is the noise, wakes my wife up and thats just unfair if im playing in the evening