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A budget built for my kids- AM3 vs FM1

Hi there,

Just can't figure it out- should I get an AM3+ MoBo with an onboard video and a $70 AM3 CPU or should I go for a similarly priced FM1 MoBo and a FM1 "APU"?

Just an upgrade for mu kids to play simple games, watch movies and surf the web.

Thanks!
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    horst_wessel said:
    Hi there,

    Just can't figure it out- should I get an AM3+ MoBo with an onboard video and a $70 AM3 CPU or should I go for a similarly priced FM1 MoBo and a FM1 "APU"?

    Just an upgrade for mu kids to play simple games, watch movies and surf the web.

    Thanks!


    I would go with the APU if all they are doing is playing games and fooling around on the internet.
  2. Agreed the graphics in the APU aren't going to match mid level dedicated GPU's but they'll beat up on any on board graphics.
  3. Thank you! FM1 it is then
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  5. FM1 is a deadend platform, why not FM2 and the just released Trinity for desktops? It is almost similarly priced and the performance gains are impressive over Llano (unless there is a very attractive discount)
  6. i would go with fm2 aswell
  7. FM2 is also supposed to be supported at least up to the Excavator based APU so it is future proof according to recent AMD leaked slides. (Excavator should be released in 2014 or 2015 and will be the 3rd APU for the FM2 socket). That and FM2 processors use less power than those on the FM1 socket.

    Basically go with the recently released FM2 over FM1 or AM3+
  8. caqde said:
    That and FM2 processors use less power than those on the FM1 socket.

    And FM2 IGPs are also much faster than FM1's at little to no extra cost and power.
  9. I ended up cheaping out and getting a FM1 rather than two. Between the Motherboard and the CPU it saved me some $40.

    But thank you all for help! In a hindsight, I know I should have gone with a FM2...
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