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Old June 27, 2012, 02:49 PM
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as far as onboard graphics the am3+ mobos with the radeon 4250 graphics should get the job done. If it doesn't handle the games you can add a card later for $50-75.

This would be a nice choice,

ASUS M5A88-M mATX AM3+ DDR3 AMD 880G $104.99
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AMD X2 7750 BE @ 3.0G | Asus M3A78-CM | 2x2gig 800mhz 4-4-4-12 | SB LIVE | Samsung 22" | Asus 9800gt | Antec NEO 620w | Logitech G5 | ThermalTake Matrix | Arctic Cooling Freezer 64
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Old June 27, 2012, 03:03 PM
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The rumours indicate that the desktop chips have been pushed back to an October release.

As far as which graphics are better: Intel's HD4000 or AMD's current APU, take a look at these benchmarks. You want to compare the i7 3770k + Intel HD4000 IGP vs the A8-3870K APU + Radeon HD6550 IGP (the one I recommended).

The Intel IGP chip edges out the AMD APU in most benchmarks (Crysis being the exception). Ignore the AMD APUs that are on top. Those are chips paired with low end discrete GPU's. Keep in mind, however, that the Intel chip being benchmarked is the top of the line i7 3770k. The price of the chip alone is $380. That's more than the entire build I recommended. As you move down the line (and in price) the IGP performance will decrease.

Short Answer: AMD's Llano is currently King of the APU and IGP game. The reason for this was their merger with ATI years ago. This allowed them to incorporate Radeon graphics directly into their processors, which they've been doing for a few years now. They've managed to refine it a little to the point where it's a legitimate and viable product that can be used for light gaming/general use.

HTPC: Z77A-G45; 3770K; Zalman FX70; 2x4GB Kingston HyperX 1600Mhz; MSI GTX960; 2x 128GB Crucial M4 SSD; 4TB WD Red, 2x 2TB WD Green; Corsair RM650I; Corsair Carbide 600C;
Son's Rig: M5A97; FX8350; CNPS20LQ; 2x4GB Corsair Vengeance 1600Mhz; Powercolor 7950; 250GB Crucial MX200; 320GB WD Black HDD; SPI 700W; Bitfenix Shinobi;
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