Originally Posted by latelesley
TBH, I would just get the base system built first, and see how the APU graphics are. You may be surprised, and really it depends on what you want to do. Do you have a budget for a graphics card? See i'm assuming you don't have a big budget after getting the machine. Most people will probably tell you that an AMD HD 7950 or an Nvidia GTX 760 or thereabouts will be reasonably good, but you're looking at roughly the same price as you paid for the PC, at $250 or so.
I agree with building the PC and seeing if it performs to your liking. Your next step if you want to spend only a little money on an upgrade is buying a crossfire compatible GPU. The A4-5300 is a CPU and GPU put on one die/chip (look to see what cards your processor is compatible with before buying). If your willing to spend a lot of money and need more graphic performance then yes look into buying a higher end card and disabling the GPU on the A4. Normally when you crossfire, your two cards running will run at the lowest performing GPU. Most normal people (not into gaming) would see a big performance increase just by installing a SSD, (allows for really fast boot/load times of system startup and programs) the only problem is they're really expensive and some have high failure rates. (i think Samsung seems to have some of the more reliable drives but i haven't checked in a year). Feel free to msg me or post back with any more questions/problems.
edit: the benefit to buying the APU line (to me anyways) is the fact that your getting the CPU and GPU all in one go, for a good price, and the ability to upgrade the graphics with a lower end card by cross-firing. I know this is OCN, where people go above and beyond the limits of expectation, but we need to realize here that not everyone wants to spend 800+ on a PC (i built a friends for 350 and they're happy
)Edited by yamo - 8/12/13 at 3:28pm