Can somebody tell me what this is?

What is this? Is this a graphics card or CPU?

Product: AMD A6-3500 Llano 2.1GHz (2.4GHz Max Turbo) Socket FM1 65W Triple-Core Desktop APU (CPU + GPU) with DirectX 11 Graphic AMD Radeon HD 6530D AD3500OJGXBOX

Why does it say (CPU + GPU)?

I know this is a really dumb question, but clarification would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks, Chris
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  1. It is a CPU that also has a GPU on the die.

    You put this in a FM1 motherboards CPU socket. and you can run the monitor off of the FM1 motherboards video output. It is surprisingly capable when paired with fast system memory... Though I would recommend the A8-3870K instead...
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    Ah, the APU. Those are pretty cool unless you're planning on doing some CPU extensive tasks or game at really high settings. For a budget build or HTPC that can also game I would recommend one.

    But it looks like for $10 more you could get this one:

    A6-3670K -

    It features 600MHz higher stock clocks plus an unlocked multiplier to make overclocking just a matter of raising the multiplier. Or for $30 more you can have yet another speed improvement of 900MHz on stock clocks plus a better GPU die with A8-3870K, also featuring an unlocked multiplier.

    A8-3870K -

    You can pair these chips with a GPU for dual graphics or a hybrid crossfire, a HD6670 being the most powerful you can pair with it. The result is an improvement but still not as powerful as a $100 HD7750/HD7770. If you were to plan on getting a discrete GPU more powerful than a HD6670 then I would reconsider the CPU (APU) choice altogether and get something like the Phenom II X4 that is faster and has an L3 cache. Or get an Intel.
  3. Thank you very much for the replies! I really appreciate it.

    Can you tell me if these three are compatible?

    Should I also buy an actual video card?

    Also, what kind of power supply should I use?

    By the way, I'm trying to build a budget gaming computer. Not too much for the brand new games at max settings. Just something I might be able to run Napoleon: Total War or Civilization 5 on pretty smoothly.

    Thanks again!!
  4. Yes those all work but like I said before, for $10 more you can get the A6-3670K that is about 25% faster stock and supports overclocking. The overclocks I have seen it capable of would make it about 65% faster for $10 more, seems like a no brainer. Also instead of the A55 motherboard I would try to spring for an A75 motherboard with SATAIII support. A power supply? Depends on if you want to add a GPU or not but a 380w Antec Earthwatts would be plenty. You should try to add an HD6670 to the mix for better gaming performance, should run about $60.
  5. Thank you! Can you link one of the A75's for me? I think I'll go with the A6-3670K and overclock it.
  6. I like this one, well it's the cheapest but decent A75 I could find.
  7. Best answer selected by chrisjuchniewicz.
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