Looking at the new apu's from amd. I have enough parts to get a new budget system for games and its between getting an Athlon x3 455 $80 and a used geforce n9600gt VS. AMD A8-3850 Llano $134 plus ram and motherboards for each. The FM1 socket type is alot more than a AM3 mobo but looking more at performance between the medium cpu and older card vs the APU. What would be faster for games; think HL2 episodes, or city builders?
Comparing on the Tom's Graphics hierarchy chart the 6550D in the 3850 roughly matches a GT9500 in ability, so the 9600 GT is actually a more powerful card.. However the 6550D + 6670 will crossfire together to roughly match a HD 4770 or 9800GT -- but only in Direct X 11 games.
I actually have an A8-3850 system and it performs nearly identically to another Phenom-II x4 820 with HD5570 system I have. The APU graphics are quite good for most things and the CF capability does offer a nice upgrade path.
Thanks for the input. I really like the APU idea but I should be able to do this budget thing cheap enough with the cpu+gpu way that it wont bust my wallet. I always try to future proof myself. I try to target for a new system every 4 years or so and the system I would be upgrading is an ol athlon 64 3200+ with an Ati x800 card lolz.