AMD Llano A6 or A8 APU

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menzie91
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Hi

I am currently working on putting together parts for a budget (really budget) pc.
The Llano APUs caught my eye for great value for money.
As far as I can tell the integrated graphics perofmance is the best around at the moment.
The use of the pc will be mostly for general home tasks, web etc with a little bit of light gaming like WoW or some other older games maybe cnc3 etc.
My budget is about £300 (470 CAD) which seems faesable if I get the cheapest everything and one of the llano processors.

In short my question is on an extremely inflexible tight budget for the best performance to price ratio which one should I go for? I'm looking at A6 3670 or A8 3870 because they seem to be the best value for money.

Sorry for the waffle.

Cheers

eire1274
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I'm a big fan of the new Llano APU cores. The major issue with "integrated graphics" is that the system memory is partially consumed by the graphics architecture, but memory is so cheap it is easy to load 8Gb onto a machine and split it 6Gb system 2Gb graphics, and with the cores sporting Radeon HD 6500 series capabilities you aren't looking at slouches in performance. Really good for mid-line machines.

Core wise, the A6-3670 is a 2.7Ghz x4 vs the A8-6870's 3.0Ghz x4. The biggest difference is the 6530 vs the 6550 graphics element, and the 6550 will spank it's little bro easily. Given that both offer similar heat output (100W) it makes sense to just skip the little guy and spend the extra $20 on the A8.

But, yes, you won't be disappointed. It isn't normal "integration," with the graphics on the northbridge (or in Intel's case a northbridge graphics component on the CPU), and offers strong competition to video daughter cards. Plus, most FM1 boards offer a 16x PCIe slot for expansion, as AMD wasn't shy in offering PCIe lanes on the Hudson chipsets.

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menzie91
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Thanks for your help Nick. I honestly thought these APU things seemeed too good to be true when I saw them but aparently not. I will be going for the A8-8670- not having to fork out for a seperate graphics card really helps with the budget build (and can always add one later on if need be).

Thanks again

Valentin_N
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You'll need to see which dedicated ATI/AMD cards fits with the iGPU, in to perform in cross fire

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Yea, on a budget APUs rock.

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Another factor that has attracted me to AMDs new APUs is the fact that a single cooling unit handles the whole rig. No more worries that the GPU overheats and takes the system down, as one good cooler handles it all.

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Mine is a 6520/A4 (quad-core) in my laptop (HP dv7 6168nr with blu-ray drive). I can play The Last Remnant with medium quality settings at 1280x720 and I get decent performance.

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