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So I am going to build a new HTPC and think I will do some gaming on it. Do you guys think a AMD A8-3850, w/ an AMD 6670 (dual gpu thing the apu offers) and 4gb of ram will work better than my Athlon II x4 640 w/ 6850?
I cant decide if I should go APU + 6670 (would need to buy entire system) or just grab an athlon II x4 and another 6850 for my sig.
Counter STrike: source, TF2, Battlefield 3. will be playing at 1920x1080.
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No, I think you're better off sticking with the mobo you have and getting an Athlon II x4 + 6850.

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AMD's dual-graphics (asymmetric CrossFire) is an interesting solution to the argument that you could just buy a cheaper AMD CPU and a low end discrete GPU and get better performance. For example, you could get better performance if you bought a Radeon HD 6570 and an Athlon II X4 640 for $175 vs. a A8-3850 for $135. With dual-graphics in play you could add a discrete GPU to the A8-3850 and have better overall performance (in theory) than the discrete card by itself. In practice, limiting dual-graphics to only DX10/11 titles does hurt some of its potential. In my opinion the better solution here would be more aggressive pricing on the Llano APUs. The Athlon II X4 + Radeon HD 6570 is a better buy (unless you want the power savings of the A8), the only way to truly combat that is for the A8-3850 to drop in price.

Source: AnandTech
According to this article, "the Athlon II X4 + Radeon HD 6570 is a better buy." Since you're even considering the 6850, it's obvious that the APU won't be good for what you want.
 
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