I was wondering what is better comparing the i5 vs phenom II X2, since i am going to get an HP. Also, i wanted to know if i should stay with intel graphics or go with ATI 1GB radeon, knowing that I do not play games all the time, and if i do, it would be stuff like DCUO and WoW.
Everyone will suggest you to build it yourself and not approach HP or dell or any other company for pre built units. Just mention your budget and we can help you decide on the components available at your price range. If for some reason you still prefer to go for pre built units then mention the model numbers you are looking at. We can help you decide the better deal.
As for the query, an i5 (regardless of generation and core count) is faster compared to a Phenom II X2.
I now have chosen the i5 @ 2.3 GHz, but i'm wondering, intel integrated graphics 3000, or ATI Radeon 1GB, i'm not a BIG computer gamer, but i do like to pop up some games like WoW, DC Universe Online, X-Plane and other games, my buget is around $800.
that's a crappy card. so you are getting a laptop judging from the components. I would not recommend you to buy it if the price is anywhere higher than $650. Your choice will NOT perform too well in games as 6490m is a very weak graphics card.