Is the A10-7850K worth the extra $ over the 6800k?

I am on a budget build and have decided to go with an APU since I am not really into heavy gaming. The most demanding game I will run is most likely TF2 or WoW.

The rest of my specs -
RAM - Corsair Vengeance 4gb
Case- Thermaltake Commander MS BLK
PSU- Corsair Builder Series 430W
HDD- WD Blue 1TB
Thanks for the help

What I really want to know is, should I dish out that extra 70 for that APU or is that money better spent elsewhere, like ram?
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  1. get much better ram. 8 GB of 2133 and an A8 or A10 Richland APU. You won't notice a difference in cpu bound apps, in games the kaveri performs better but you said you aren't into heavy gaming so yeah... even then, you go use that 70.00 on a gpu and get better performance
  2. I was looking at results and on avg the kaveri (for 70$ more) only gets 3 more FPS on avg. Is this true?
  3. from what i've seen of benchmarks, yes.
  4. The biggest advantage that the A10-7850K has over the A10-6800K is the potential. The former costs a lot right now, and it is hard to justify that extra cost, but as Mantle becomes more substantial, as well as options for AMD Dual Graphics (crossfiring the iGPU with a discrete card) then the former will come out on top in the long run.

    If you have no interest in attempting a Dual Graphics configuration later on, but rather intend to perhaps through in just a stand-alone discrete card, then the A10-6800K will be good enough.
  5. I think I might cop the Kaveri to be a little future proof. Your thoughts?
  6. Definately a good idea to futureproof. Especially with upcoming HSA/mantle developments. Would hate to buy a 6800k and find out in 6-8months time kaveri is starting to show its benefits. Im in the same boat. Not impressed with the cpu performance (liek a year of bragging from AMD about better single cre performance and so on) only to see worse excel bench and compression/unpack performance, with equal cinebench and so on.

    i will probably go with kaveri considering all the upcoming mantle and hsa coding....
  7. It seems like the vendors are bundling A10-7850K with the Battlefield 4. If you need this game, then the price is worth it. If you don't need it, then Richland A10 makes more sense IMO or wait for the Kaveri A8, which should be priced around $130.
  8. The problem with HSA is that it requires special coding. I really doubt it will become widespread anytime soon.
  9. Wait, I heard you need a lot of fast RAM to get this processor, is that true?
  10. the faster the ram the better games will perform yes.
  11. Don't buy an APU. If you want to game, do it right and get a discrete GPU. This would do far better than Kaveri for a similar cost.

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Pentium G3220 3.0GHz Dual-Core Processor ($64.97 @ OutletPC)
    Motherboard: Asus H81M-A Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($54.99 @ NCIX US)
    Memory: Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($59.99 @ Microcenter)
    Video Card: XFX Radeon R7 260X 2GB Video Card ($137.11 @ Mwave)
    Total: $317.06
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-02-17 12:20 EST-0500)


    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: AMD A10-7850K 3.7GHz Quad-Core Processor ($174.99 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: ASRock FM2A55M-HD+ Micro ATX FM2+ Motherboard ($56.97 @ Newegg)
    Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-2400 Memory ($76.99 @ Newegg)
    Total: $308.95
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-02-17 12:21 EST-0500)
  12. I'm planning to crossfire the Kaveri in the near future once I get it this weekend.
    So, 1600 mhz fast enough? On average how many FPS will it take out of Minecraft, WoW, and TF2?
  13. Best answer
    Hybrid crossfire doesn't work well. You are better off with just a single, good, discrete GPU. You need faster ram to get the most out of the APU. A pentium G and a 260x would destroy that APU in games. The gpu is the 7850k, paired with very fast ram, is only about as fast as an r7 240. WoW an that APU will not work well together, unless you are playing at a very low resolution.
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