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I understand that this forum is made up of a bunch of benchmark lovers that are more worried about what the bench score is than the usability and so that is cool. However after reading a few threads I think people seriously underrate the APUs AMD has been putting out.

In our PC room there are two PCs right now sitting side by side. On the left is my gaming rig, the one in my sig, Mini Mopar. An i5 3550 @ 4.0Ghz with 16 gig of DDR3, Kingston HyperX 3K SSD and a Sapphire 7950 overclocked at 1.1GHz. On the right is my wife's gaming machine, an A10 5800, 8 Gigs DDR3 1600 with two Sandisk 120 Gig SSDs, one for OS and docs and the second for her games and Steam and an Sapphire 6950 for video. All parts in her machine are at stock speeds.

I currently have a 1440 monitor but for a long time I ran a 1080 like she does.

In gaming we play, Neverwinter, Skyrim, Borderlands 2, Bioshock Infinite, Civilization V and Far Cry 3. There are other games but these are the ones we have in common.

Now conventional wisdom would be that my system was slap hers around when it comes to game play, it would be wrong. In all of those games, at the same settings, it is next to impossible to tell the difference between our two systems when actually playing the games. No we are not comparing frame rates but actual playability. Both play the games butter smooth and look great. Both systems are practically identical in everything we do on them.

When you realize her system is doing this on an older and less powerful, by a fair margin video card and on a CPU that costs about half of what mine costs on Newegg that's pretty impressive. Even more so when you realize she is doing it WITHOUT overclocking that mine has on it.

Now let me be clear I am not saying her system is faster, in benchmarks I rumple stomp her system into the mat. However for actual use her system is on par with mine in all but extremes.

I post this to say to the people that find a reason to attack anyone saying they like an APU or are looking to build with an APU, back the #$%^ off. The APU might not be the mnost high powered choice but it is a solid choice that gets the job done, and done well.
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I miss the point you are trying to make...

Also in single-threaded task intel destroy AMD. Imagine the cpu bottleneck the gpu in single-threaded task. You don't want that on a sli/crossfire monster. I remember someone posting about his 780 under 60 fps with <60% gpu use & his amd cpu not even working at 100%. One (or more) of its 6 cores was working at 100% hence slowing the whole system.
It has more chance to happen with amd having more core but fewer performance per core.

Hope it makes sense. Otherwise you are right. It depenss what you want to do with you pc. Some cant live if they cant max every single settings. I still use my 5870 and it's perfectly fine to play any game at 50-60fps high settings (not ultra).
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Mushkin 1 TB SSD & Samsung F3 spinpoint 1 TB MCP655A + 2 x MCP320 + EK supreme copper Win10 Corsair K70 Lux 
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