For financial and hardware availability reasons I have the following choice to make whilst putting together a mini PC;
Intel i3 2120 (2 x 3.3GHz) Sandy Bridge with a GTX 670 GPU
Intel i5 3550 (4 x 3.3 GHZ) Ivy Bridge with a GTX 660TI GPU
The reason I ask what may appear to be an obvious question is that through all the forums I've scrolled through it's hard to discern whether GPU or CPU is more important for gaming experience- or if its a balance. And what the benefits of quad core over dual core are for gaming. Some would suggest that a decent CPU will see you through if you have an excellent GPU (option 1 above) others say that a balance of good CPU and good GPU is best (option 2). They will both cost about the same with the build I'm doing.
Which of the two options above would you choose for gaming performance and why? Both will have same mobo and 4gb RAM.