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My question is will it be better for the games she plays/wants to play: WoW, Minecraft with tons of mods, Assassin's creed 2, Witcher 2, Fallout NV.

Current rig

Phenom 1 9500
8800GTS 512
4 GB of ram

looking at the A8 3850 for it.

I can't seem to find any benchmarks for the video performance of the 3850. That's why I am asking the question.
Edited by killeraxemannic - 7/18/11 at 11:14pm
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i'm pretty sure if you team it up with a 6670. i'm still looking into theses myself.
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Yeah there is like no info whatsoever on the teaming up part. I was hoping someone on here knew a little better.
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I've read somewhere that the cpu portion of the apu is on the same level as an athlon ii x4. It should be a performance upgrade for her, but not sure if it will make a noticeable difference.
    
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I've read somewhere that the cpu portion of the apu is on the same level as an athlon ii x4. It should be a performance upgrade for her, but not sure if it will make a noticeable difference.
Yeah I did read that part. I am more interested in the video performance/crossfire potential
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heres a link and i'm pretty sure its without a vcard. i think she'd be happy.


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for the price of the apu/board combo, im sure you could get a geforce 460/470 or ati 6850

the cpu diff wont be noticable, but the gpu will make a huge improvement
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for the price of the apu/board combo, im sure you could get a geforce 460/470 or ati 6850

the cpu diff wont be noticable, but the gpu will make a huge improvement
This, keep the CPU or upgrade to a cheap Athlon X4 and spend the rest on a GPU.
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The APU with a decent OC and the ram at 2200+ comes in below the 5670 in all game and benchmarks I tried. Only slightly, the 5670 is near on a par with that 8800.

The cpu itself isn't a great leap forward either, unless you are concerned about power, noise or want to future proof it a little more, I wouldn't bother.

Don't get me wrong, I think it makes for a great daily rig, just not if you already have a quad and half decent vga.
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thinking about making myself one of these rigs with an A8 + 6670 on my 720p TV for my all around PC/media center (Kinda like a PS3 in a sense without 1080p playback =p) and selling my current sig rig. Sure sure sure, people always tell me to keep my rig and go to a 6970 but meh. Kinda tired of switching rigs to do something else now.
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