Originally Posted by s33dless
1) Not true: the A10-6800k is a good processor PERIOD.
2) Sure, for dual graphics. but if you're willing to abandon that and go to 7800/7900 series (which you have the time to save for because guess what? your iGPU can play things if you turn the options down), you'll get much, much better performance.
3) A "second display" is not eyefinity. "eyefinity" is a hard/soft blend that allows you to have up to 6 displays plugged in to 1 AMD display device. Part of eyefinity is SLS (single large surface) display which lets you use multiple monitors as one big monitor. If you have a mobo with at least one displayport, you can get eyefinity SLS on just the APU (which I did for a while and it was sweet, though it stuttered a bit--but whaddyawant at 3x 1080p?). But if you've ever played with hetero programming, you know GPU cores are awesome and having a nice spread throughout your system is very useful. OpenCLer's should love this platform, it's great stuff.
1. I agree that its a good chip, but its not a good chip for a budget gaming platform. The iGPU creates a whole mess of extra un-needed heat. It's better to save $75 and get just the CPU if you're pairing it with a discrete card and plan to do some overclocking.
2. Why run the iGPU? There isn't a single game my HD 5870 can't touch. Why would I wan't to run the iGPU, if I can max games like BF3 without a problem.
3. I meant to say dual display, don't know where the eyefinity came from.
4. I prefer using discrete for OpenCL, these Richland APU's don't make any difference. It's still hardware intercommunication as there is no full HSA support. I can crunch a hundred times more with my HD 5870 that supports Compute than the 8670D is capable of. You're better off waiting for HSA to come along before even diving into HSAIL. I myself plan on writing a few new applications to make use of it once it becomes steadily available on the market.
Overall it's a great chip, tho for the price point for gamers just buy the FX-6350 which will roflstomp this chip ten times over. APU's are really only a good value to the work office or someone who uses their machine for casual stuff (web surfing, messenger, maybe a little word, and very light gaming). Tho like I said its not a good value for everyone, I would rather have the Athlon X4 750k so I could cut out the extra iGPU heat (especially since I am not using it). It's cheaper and can maintain a higher overclock at lower temperatures.
A10-6800k + 2400 MHz Memory = Athlon X4 750k + HD 7770
You might as well go with plan B as it will game a whole lot better than the 6800k could ever. And they will come to be around the same exact price. The time to buy a APU is when Kaveri comes around Steamroller + 512 GCN cores will make it the heart of budget gaming builds. Plus it will have full HSA support so it will actually have an edge over OpenCL with a discrete card.