Originally Posted by Steevo
All else being equal if I were to build a basic box with light weight gaming needs the APU would win. An extra $90 to spend on a GPU would get you more bang for the buck than the CPU's 10-15% increased efficiency.
If you think the difference between a 2500 and even the best APU is only 10-15%, I hate to say it, but you're misinformed. The CPU side of Quad-Core SB's is upwards of 50% faster than Llano;
Even with a 20% overclock, Llano wasn't really even close to the i5-2400. In games where the CPU plays any role, the i5's crush the Llano offerings, with the same discrete GPU. That's also comparing the $140 A8-3870K, the i5-2400 is currently $190, and you could even get an i5-2300 for $180, both of which are better than that CPU in every way (sans iGPU). If you look at the charts and see the ~$100 APU's, they are far worse.
Saying a Llano-based solution is as good as a Quad-Core SB solution, for anything short of day to day use, is dishonest at best.