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I just finished building a Sandy-bridge Celeron system for my grandmother, as she was in dire need of an upgrade from her old single core Athlon system. Now, I'm working on something for my mom. She's in a single core Athlon, as well, and I'm going to be building her an HTPC that will also double as her main computer. Basically, she will just be using her TV as her monitor (we got her a new big screen for Christmas).

Now, I was really impressed with how snappy the Celeron is in general use. It seems to power through stuff pretty well. How will the dual core Trinity CPU's do in comparison? I'm going to be using a 120gb SSD, so that should help a lot, too, but I've just heard that the dual core APU's are kind of anemic. My other option would be an FM1 setup, like a 3650.

Not really looking for benchmarks or anything, as she won't be stressing it that much. She might do a little bit of Photoshop or something (very little). Just looking for some real world performance reviews, preferably from people who have them. It's mostly just web browsing, Facebook, YouTube, and movies.

So, long story short. Think she'd be happy with it? My other option is something like a SB or IB Celeron or Pentium with a 5450 or something like that. I'd really prefer playing with an apu, though. smile.gif
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How fast they are? Enough.

But if you really want something fast, go for an A8 or an A10.

But for facebook/movies/YT neither an A4 or an A6 will have any sort of issues.
   
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Seeing as they didnt upgrade since single core Athlon i doubt that they will be thinking of upgrade any time soon again.

My vote goes to 3650, yes fm1 is dead but clearly they wont be upgrading any time soon and in 3 to 4 years fm2 will be just as dead.

3650 is 4 core cpu it will last longer than 2 core cpu and iGPU 6530 graphics will outpreform 5450 by almost double.
I would go with 3650.
Edited by zvrk22 - 3/10/13 at 8:58am
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Seeing as they didnt upgrade since single core Athlon i doubt that they will be thinking of upgrade any time soon again.

My vote goes to 3650, yes fm1 is dead but clearly they wont be upgrading any time soon and in 3 to 4 years fm2 will be just as dead.

3650 is 4 core cpu it will last longer than 2 core cpu and iGPU 6530 graphics will outpreform 5450 by almost double.

Getting a Llano at this point is beyond ridiculous. It's like saying 'Go get a Phenom X4, it's faster than Piledriver'. No it's not. And it eats more power, and is end-of-life.
   
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I agree, it does eat more power and it is dead but ur e a bit 2 harsh with comparison phenom II x4 vs piledriver.
This isnt trinity vs llano, 4 core against 4 core. He speaks of 5300 5400 vs 3650 its 2 core trinity vs 4 core llano.

I guess u could say its phenom II x6 vs maybe 4300.
CPU wise u just dont make up for 2 cores less so it would be faster. That was what i was going for. As they clearly dont upgrade often i dont see dead socket making much of a problem.
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CPU wise u just dont make up for 2 cores less so it would be faster. That was what i was going for. As they clearly dont upgrade often i dont see dead socket making much of a problem.

Llano -> No room for upgrade.

Trinity-> Richland, Kaveri.

And as for A6-3650, 20 more bucks give you an A8-5600K which has a hell lot more of performance.

The A4 chips are 55 bucks, that's why they are a better option than an A6-3650. If you go Llano A6, you might aswell just go all in and grab an A8-A10.
   
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Again u made a good point he could just add little extra and go with 5600.

I was talking about 3650 cuz he mentioned it as option
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How will the dual core Trinity CPU's do in comparison? I'm going to be using a 120gb SSD, so that should help a lot, too, but I've just heard that the dual core APU's are kind of anemic. My other option would be an FM1 setup, like a 3650.

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About upgrading i really dont think they will do any.
I set up few single core Athlon for example i know for sure that my sister still has 1 and her bfs parents still use 1 thats well over 8 years without upgrade. Ppl like that just dont look for latest and greatest.
Richland is out soon and kavari right after. In 6 years ppl will be what richland? what kavari? There will be brand new cpu cheap as chips that will outpreform those by, idk wild guess here, 3x
No matter if they go with trinity or llano im sure they are sticking to it for a while. Im talking in their specific example not in general. And OP should know that the best.
I really think if they are gonna keep it for a while 4 core will prove to be more pleasant. So, again 5300, 5400, or 3650 i d go with 3650 in their case. If 5600 is option go for that.

@OP
Pretty much everything Artikbot says is true except that 5300 or 5400 would be faster cpu wise than 3650. Hes right about upgrade path too but its up to u to decide if they will upgrade any time soon or not and whether that should be a deciding factor in u re purchase.

Personally for what they will use it i dont think u can make mistake that u will regret. Most likely either option would do fine and u could just look to go cheaper.
Good luck.
Edited by zvrk22 - 3/11/13 at 3:30pm
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My only problem with fm2 is that the motherboards are expensive. I need one with sata3 for the ssd I'm putting in there, so a55 is out.

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I built my HTPC with an A4-5300 and is my only Pc so I use it for everything

Is fast enough, I have it with a SSD and flyes through windows

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My only problem with fm2 is that the motherboards are expensive. I need one with sata3 for the ssd I'm putting in there, so a55 is out.

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You dont get a lot of extra performance with SATA 3 over SATA 2. Most of the SSD speedup comes from the non existant seek time and generally high transfer rates.
+ Very few 120 GB models are actually fast enough to go above SATA 2 transfer rates for extended periods of time.

A 5450 is only worth the money if you really hate Intel drivers, the performance difference will be non existing.

Going Llano or Trinity is both viable choices, but as you can see from the talk here, Llano is EOL and I would say Trinity has a lot going for it when compared to Llano.

Do you have any requirements to size, case etc.?
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