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AMD APU vs. Traditional CPU/GPU for a basic build.

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May 24, 2013 2:42:10 AM

So here's the deal. I would consider myself slightly above average in terms of my computer knowledge, and I do mean slightly. I bought a custom rig from a close friend a few years back and in that time I've dabbled in my own modifications to it, but now I'm looking into building an entirely new system (though not all at once) on a budget.

As of right now I use my computer primarily for internet browsing, watching videos, and doing schoolwork. I want to build a system that's all about doing these things as fast as possible, and I recently started reading up on AMD's APU combo.

My question is, and it may seem like a rather simple one to some of you:

What will give me the best performance for the money? (at around $130)

An AMD A10 (I'll most likely wait for the Richland desktop models)

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A more traditional CPU with integrated graphics (such as an intel i3-i5).

Also of note:I plan on including an SSD (Samsung 840pro) and 8GB DDR3 RAM. I'm also not interested in upgrading this desktop, I just want to build something super fast and affordable that will last me through the next two years of college. The next rig I build will most likely also be built from scratch.

I've done some research myself and everything I could find is making me lean towards the APU, but I was hoping to get some opinions on the matter.

Thank you in advance for the help!

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May 24, 2013 2:52:31 AM

For your usage. APU for the win.

Get the fastest RAM that you can afford, helps A LOT on the integrated GPU.
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May 24, 2013 2:53:53 AM

The APU route is perfect for your requirements. These days you can even game a little using one.

Mactronix :) 
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May 24, 2013 3:12:40 AM

If you're not gaming or doing any processing (rendering, photoshop, illustrator, etc.) at all you might as well get the cheapest modern CPU you can find, and get a larger SSD.

If you actually need a bit more CPU power, but don't need any graphical power, I'd advise you to get the cheapest intel quad core you can get, or a higher end hexacore amd processor.
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May 24, 2013 4:05:54 AM

Get the new Richlan A10 APU with 16 GB 2133Mhz(minimum) DDR3 RAM (preferably from AMD Radeon RAMDisk and it should be quad slot that is 4x4GB) Then Get A Very Good SSD and you can do Gaming as well (quite a lot frankly after some extreme oveclocking it matches and even beats the radeon 7750)
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May 24, 2013 4:09:57 AM

This guy never mentioned that he wanted to game at all though X_X.
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May 26, 2013 10:51:03 PM

Kingpin007 said:
Get the new Richlan A10 APU with 16 GB 2133Mhz(minimum) DDR3 RAM (preferably from AMD Radeon RAMDisk and it should be quad slot that is 4x4GB) Then Get A Very Good SSD and you can do Gaming as well (quite a lot frankly after some extreme oveclocking it matches and even beats the radeon 7750)


an A10-5800k will do for browsing and watching movies and stuff, richlan CPU is unnecessary.
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September 8, 2013 5:26:13 AM

get the apu ive seen test with th amd apu thrashing the intel i5
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