Question AMD CPU end of life kick - A4-5300 to either A6-7470K or A10-7800?

Feb 16, 2019
My setup has served me well but with a recent take-up of Fusion 360 I feel a boost is needed. I built this rig in 2015 and always expected to upgrade at some point.

Asus A88XM-Plus Socket FM2+ with AMD A4 5300 3.4GHz Socket FM2 Dual Core and Integrated AMD Radeon HD 7480D GPU. Stock cooler.
8GB (2x4GB) G.Skill Ripjaws X DDR3 CL11 2133MHz (PC3-17000) Dual Channel running at 1600MHz
(2x4GB) HyperX Savage DDR3 CL11 2133MHz (PC3-17000) Dual Channel running at 1600MHz (recent upgrade)
Western Digital Black 1TB SATA III 3.5" formatted MBR;
Antec Edge Gold 550w in Inwin EM019 Black Mini Tower Case
Windows 7 Professional 64 bit

I appreciate that not many FM2+ processors are still available, let alone at a reasonable price, in the UK (< £100 $100).

I've just found 2 that take DDR3 at 2133 and both run at 65W (the same as the 5300) so my stock cooler should be OK):

A6-7470K at £60/$60
A10-7800 at £100/$100

However, having spent most of the day researching I found a benchmark that says the A6-7470K will perform worse on graphics than my existing A4-5300 and I get the impression that could be the same for the A10-7800. Note that Fusion 360 uses DirectX-11.

On the otherhand, I read that these Kaveri processors will greatly benefit with fast ram. By moving to either of these processors I can move from DDR3-1866 to 2133 without cost.

Typically I will have running at the same time:

Fusion 360, Inkscape, IrfanView, OpenOffice(all 3), Oracle VM (with XP), The Bat! email, Firefox with up to 10+ tabs open, Quicken 98 (still runs!), 3 or 4 Explorer windows, Foxit PDF, realtime virus protection & malware protection. PC is running most of the day.

Comments from this esteemed community much appreciated - i.e. stick with A4-5300 or move to A6-7470K or the A10-7800

Many thanks for reading.

Alan in the UK

PS not yet decided whether to go to Win10 or Linux+VM and Win7


Don't waste money on that old platform. Upgrade to a new platform.
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: AMD - Ryzen 3 2200G 3.5 GHz Quad-Core Processor (£86.75 @ Aria PC)
Motherboard: ASRock - B450M PRO4 Micro ATX AM4 Motherboard (£72.48 @ Amazon UK)
Memory: Corsair - Vengeance LPX 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3000 Memory (£97.98 @ Aria PC)
Total: £257.21
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
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That would be much better than anything you can do with FM2+
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Feb 16, 2019
Thanks for giving your thoughts and so quickly :)

Whist that is an option it I'm saving my money for a 3D printer. The PC is just fine for all my other work, it's just a bit slow with Fusion 360.

Actually, I was surprised the FM2+ processors are still so expensive. Shops would be better to discount them rather than let them gather dust ;)