Originally Posted by sepiashimmer
I don't want to be confrontational but please let's not get dictatorial. The OP's APU A10-5800 is not future proof and instead of spending on an extra GPU or completely upgrading the whole system, he could spend on Richland or wait for Kaveri. The main thing is, the rig should run games decently till next 6-7 years.
Richland is still on FM2 socket so it might be compatible with the OP's motherboard.
Unless all he plays is StarCraft II and BF3/4 then most games will be heavily GPU dependent. My personal preference would have been to build an x58 system as that would net more performance for less. I see combo deals for i7 920, motherboard, and 6GB ram for 200 or less almost all the time here.
He should be able to push that A10 further in clock speed though, I have no direct experience with A10 overclocking so I couldnt help with that
Originally Posted by Vagrant Storm
We have yet to see how the new consoles will play into things. Our games we have now were made to run on the old hardware in the 360 and PS3 with a couple brand new exceptions. With a hardware refresh in console a more powerful CPU might become important, but the change will be gradual. I am sure an A10 will be good for at least three years...six-seven years might be pushing it. No way to really know yet. My Q6600 might still be a viable CPU seven years from now even. All depends on what happens in the software world.
This, we have yet to see the fruits of AMD's labor with all the optimizations they have been pushing so its really a coin toss for future titles. However that doesnt mean he cant play present or past games.