I am building my wife a CPU for basic use. She surfs the web, watches videos, listens to music, and writes novels in Word or Open Office. Often all at the same time. She is not a very serious gamer, she might play Minecraft but that is about it.
I was looking at one of AMD's APU chips because they seem like a good deal for a basic user. I was curious which is better for this type of use, a quad core running at a lower frequency or a dual core running faster. I have these two specific chips in mind:
The problem I forsee with those A6 and A8 chips is the dead FM1 socket. Should a board fail, it will probably be more difficult to find a replacement down the road. Llano was the only APU for FM1. FM2 is sticking around a little longer and is the current APU socket. Upcoming Richland APU's are going to be FM2 as well. I would spend a little more and get http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... .