What I'd like to find out is exactly what the title says, and that's how these pairings stack up against each other. After researching this quite a bit and getting no solid answers, I decided to ask here. Probably one of my major hang-ups are these two reviews: X-bit Labs AnandTech If you scroll to SCII, at the same resolution and quality preset there are drastically different framerate results. I feel as though the only possible reason for this is because they're actually using different settings, even though they both say "medium quality". From what I gather though, the A8-3850/6570 will be much stronger for graphics processing than the i3 2100/GT 430 would be. Also, throughout the AnandTech review, they show several cases where the APU+GPU performs worse than the GPU by itself. Is this still an issue? This build is not for me, and will be centered around very casual gaming and mostly web browsing/video transcoding. I have a lot more to add to this, but I'd like to see what others have to say about this so far.