AM3+ does not have the best IMC. Memory frequency means nothing when the throughput doesn't match the speeds. Intel Sandy Bridge has the best IMC right now. He wants a system now. The old, "Wait and see" answer will always and I mean always apply so he might as well just drop the hobby. While overclocking varies on a per chip basis, you are wrong here. Serveral review sites such as Hardware Heaven have gotten stable systems with the A8-3870K at 3.8 GHz. Some stopped around 3.6 GHz. The A8-3850 is only about $10 cheaper than the 3870K. The extra $10 allows you to overclock the GPU beyond the 600 MHz lock found on the other APUs, which was the point of going with it. With a robust cooler, you could get 5% to 20% more performance out of the GPU with a simple OC. CPU will be just fine on processor strength as it is a Phenom II Stars core. Settings for games varies. It really all depends on what you are classifying as a new game. Trine 2 was just released and an APU will play that game maxed out. With an APU system the cable for your display in CrossfireX goes into the motherboard to work. While HDMI via CrossfireX is possible, you may want to be sure the mobo has the HDMI port for it. Just saying. The wisdom of my favorite professor in college and the answer to every question ever, "It depends."