OK, i have a few options, a core i5 + P55 motherboard and a mid range video card (4850) or a PII 550BE and a 790 motherboard with 570sb (you can see where im going with this) and a high end video card (4890 or 275GTX), which is more important in gaming:
The P II is at 2.7ish i can overclock to say 3.5, and the core i5 maybe to 3.7GHz?
please dont flame just you recommendations thatnks
And the 550BE is @3.1ghz stock. I would personally go with the 550be + 4890. Even a mild OC, say, to 3.4ghz, would have you experiencing most of what the 4890 has to offer. If it unlocks with stability to a B50 x4, then you are really laughing, though obviously, it is best to decide based on an assumption that it won't unlock. I don't think the i5+4850 will be punishing to go that route, but if your goal is gaming, the 550+4890 might be the better option (with possible bonus cores being pure icinig on the cake)