Best Budget APU or CPU with Good Integrated GPU for Gaming & HTPC

Not everyone can afford a discrete graphics card for their new PC. This is because some people are on very tight budget and buying even an entry level graphics card can be tough. But some of these users are very fond of gaming and they want to have some fun on their PC by playing some of the less demanding games or some older games.

For them it is not the end of the world because there are some budget powerful CPUs from AMD having very good integrated graphics onboard, and they can easily run games like Counter Strike, Far cry, COD, GTA 3, GTA 4 etc. on low-medium graphics settings at 720p, 900p or even at 1080p resolution. These line of AMD CPUs with good Integrated Graphics or GPU are known as APU or Accelerated Processing Unit.  

APU = CPU + GPU, So APU is a processor that consist of both CPU and Integrated GPU

Here in this post I am going to list down the best AMD APUs for all budgets for building a budget gaming PC without the need for a discrete graphics card.

Must Read: Build Cheap Gaming PC under 200 Dollars using AMD APU

Important Note: To get best performance of these integrated GPUs in these APUs, you should use a fast RAM in dual channel mode and allocate more memory to the iGPU or Onboard / Integrated Graphics in the BIOS settings. This will get you better frame rates in games and overall better graphics performance.

Budget CPU / APU with Best Integrated Graphics

Here are the best AMD APU processors that comes with good integrated GPUs for casual gaming. I am listing the APUs for both AM4 and FM2+ Sockets and for all budgets ranging from 50 to 100 dollars.

Socket AM4 APU [Bristol Ridge]

These are 7th Generation APUs from AMD and requires Socket AM4 motherboard for their working. They are made on 28nm manufacturing process and codenamed as Bristol Ridge. Also, all of them support latest PCI Express 3.0 bus, DDR4 RAM (up to 2400 MHz), AMD FreeSync technology and latest graphics APIs that include DirectX 12 and Vulkan.

AMD A6-9500 APU

This is an entry APU from AMD based on the latest AM4 Socket. This budget APU consist of dual core CPU and a six core Radeon R5 GPU. It has got clock speed of 3.5 GHz / 3.8 GHz and cache of 1MB. This APU is only for users who are on really tight budget but require something powerful enough to play some of the older games at low/medium settings. This is also a great processor for building a budget media PC or an HTPC because of its relatively good graphics capabilities.

AMD A6-9500 APU Specifications
CPU Cores 2, Dual Core
Clock Speed 3.5 GHz (Base) / 3.8 GHz (Turbo)
Cache 1 MB
GPU Radeon R5
GPU Cores 6
GPU Clock 1.029 GHz
Socket AM4
TDP 65W

Buy AMD A6-9500 APU

AMD A8-9600 APU

This is a quad core CPU that comes with more powerful Radeon R7 GPU. This APU processor packs decent amount of power and it has got clock speed of 3.1 GHz / 3.4 GHz (turbo speed) and comes with 2MB cache. The Radeon R7 GPU in this APU is quite powerful and you can enjoy games like WOW, CS: GO, Far cry, Elder Scrolls Online, Starcraft 2, Diablo 2, Crysis 3, Warframe, GTA 5 at low / medium settings at 720p / 1080p resolution with playable frame rates (30 FPS to 60 FPS). Also, this is a great APU for eSports gaming and for building a budget HTPC. This APU is also quite cheap and offers the best value for your hard-earned money. Highly Recommended by me.

AMD A8-9600 APUSpecifications
CPU Cores 4, Quad Core
Clock Speed 3.1 GHz (Base) / 3.4 GHz (Turbo)
Cache 2 MB
GPU Radeon R7
GPU Cores 6
GPU Clock 900 MHz
Socket AM4
TDP 65W

Buy AMD A8-9600 APU

AMD A10-9700 APU

Just like AMD A8-9600, this is another quad core processor equipped with Radeon R7 GPU. The major difference is that it comes with higher clock speeds for both CPU and the GPU.  The CPU comes with 2MB cache and base / boost clock speed of 3.5 GHz / 3.8 GHz. The GPU clock is 100 MHz higher than the above mentioned A8-9600 APU and it stands at 1.029 GHz. It can run every game that AMD A8-9600 can but better, which means you will get slightly higher frame rates in the games. This AMD APU does costs a bit more than the AMD A8-9600 but it is still a great value for money product.

AMD A10-9700 APU Specifications
CPU Cores 4, Quad Core
Clock Speed 3.5 GHz (Base) / 3.8 GHz (Turbo)
Cache 2 MB
GPU Radeon R7
GPU Cores 6
GPU Clock 1.029 GHz
Socket AM4
TDP 65W

Buy AMD A10-9700 APU

AMD A12-9800 APU

This is the best APU you can get for building a budget gaming PC without using any discrete GPU or graphics card. AMD A12-9800 APU comes with a quad core CPU and comes with Radeon R7 GPU. This APU comes with much higher clock speeds and more GPU cores compared to the above mentioned A8 and A10 APUs.

This high-end APU comes with base / turbo clock speed of 3.8 GHz / 4.2 GHz. The GPU has got 8 Cores and runs at core clock speed of 1.108 GHz. This APU can run all the older generation and most of the newer generation games at 720p / 1080p at playable frame rates. Also, the APU is not that expensive considering the fact that you will get the power of both the things i.e. CPU and Graphics Card in one package or at a single price. Recommended by me.

AMD A12-9800 APU Specifications
CPU Cores 4, Quad Core
Clock Speed 3.8 GHz (Base) / 4.2 GHz (Boost)
Cache 2 MB
GPU Radeon R7
GPU Cores 8
GPU Clock 1.108 GHz
Socket AM4
TDP 65W

Buy AMD A12-9800 APU

Note: All 7th Generation A-Series Processors have Multiplier Unlocked which means you can overclock them to higher frequencies for getting the most performance out of them. I advise you to use a good aftermarket CPU cooler if you plan on overclocking them.

Socket FM2+ APU [Kaveri]

These are the older generation APUs (codenamed Kaveri) based on the FM2+ Socket. They are built using the 28nm fabrication process, support DDR3 RAM (dual channel) and PCIe 3.0 interface. Also, these APUs include support for DirectX 12, Vulkan and AMD FreeSync.

AMD A6-7400K APU

This is an entry level budget AMD APU having FM2+ Socket. It is a dual core CPU that comes with 1MB cache and Base / Turbo clock speed of 3.5 GHz / 3.9 GHz. This APU comes with Radeon R5 Graphics Processor or GPU and supports DDR3 RAM up to 1866 MHz. This APU is only good for older games that are less graphics demanding. Also, you can build a pretty cost effective and decent HTPC using this APU using a cheap Socket FM2+ motherboard.

AMD A6-7400K APU Specifications
CPU Cores 2, Dual Core
Clock Speed 3.5 GHz (Base) / 3.9 GHz (Turbo)
Cache 1 MB
GPU Radeon R5
GPU Cores 4
GPU Clock 758 MHz
Socket FM2+
TDP 65W

Buy AMD A6-7400K APU

AMD A8-7600 APU

A powerful mid-range APU from AMD that comes with a Quad core CPU having 4MB cache. The GPU paired with this CPU is Radeon R7. The CPU has got base / turbo clock speed of 3.1 / 3.8 GHz and supports up to 2133 MHz DDR3 memory. The GPU has got six cores and is pretty powerful to run games like Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, Far Cry 2, COD, GTA 4 etc. at decent graphics settings with comfortable or playable frame rates. This APU is also very affordable and offers the best value for your money. Highly Recommended by me

AMD A8-7600 APU Specifications
CPU Cores 4, Quad-core
Clock Speed 3.1 GHz (Base) / 3.8 GHz (Turbo)
Cache 4 MB
GPU Radeon R7
GPU Cores 6
GPU Clock 720 MHz
Socket FM2+
TDP 65W

Buy AMD A8-7600 APU

AMD A10-7860K Black Edition APU

AMD A10-7860K is powerful processor that comes with a quad-core CPU with Radeon R7 GPU having 8 cores. The CPU has got base / turbo clock speed of 3.6 / 4 GHz and comes with 4 MB cache. It supports DDR3 memory up to 2133 MHz. This APU comes bundles with 95W cooler which offers decent amount of cooling performance. You may use a good budget aftermarket CPU Cooler for better cooling performance or if you plan to overclock it. On this processor, you can play almost all the older games and some latest games on decent graphics settings with comfortable frame rates. This is also a great budget choice CPU/GPU for eSports gaming. This APU is very much affordable and you can get it under 100 dollars.   

AMD A10-7860K APU Specifications
CPU Cores 4,Quad Core
Clock Speed 3.6 GHz (Base) / 4 GHz (Turbo)
Cache 4 MB
GPU Radeon R7
GPU Cores 8
GPU Clock 757 MHz
Socket FM2+
TDP 65W

Buy AMD A10-7860K APU

Final Words

At the end I would only like to say that if you are building a low-end gaming PC or a decent HTPC then the above mentioned AMD Processors or APUs will not disappoint you and will deliver great graphics performance for the price. If you have any queries about them, then feel free to ask me by leaving a comment below.

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