Summary: Snappy processor! I am highly impressed by it! Does everything with ease! Only slight issue that I have is that if you don't have a graphics card and use the APU as your graphics-- it tends to run hot. It can play just about anything, but you need good cooling and prefferably a graphics card. I recommend this product and it is very good for budget builds. It does run on a bit more electricity than other APU's.
Summary: This processor works great! In addition, I had accidentally left my graphics card unpowered for a week until I tried to plug in a second monitor to the graphics card slots. I had been using the integrated graphics(AMD Radeon HD 8570D) and I had not noticed because it was so powerful!
Summary: Well, this isn't an i7 processor, but for the price, I'd be stunned if you could do any better. I use this guy in a small, mini-itx/htpc build. I previously had a dual-core A4 in there, and to be blunt, it just left a lot to be desired in terms of performance. As soon as I got this processor up and running, I was amazed at the difference. The computer booted fast, everything loaded faster, much less lag while surfing the 'net, etc.
Summary: These AMD APUs are great buys for budget desktop computers. A8-6600K in particular is even capable of running new games at low-medium settings. The integrated GPU is not as good as a separate card but much much better than motherboard-integrated graphics. Getting decent graphics plus a quad core processor for just $120 is an incredible deal. FM2 motherboards are also very affordable. I built a complete PC (no monitor) for $350 using this APU, 1TB HDD and 8GB RAM.
Summary: This latest generation of APU chips from AMD provides stellar performance at a very reasonable price. This APU was put into a new build desktop, for me, that is a Win 7 Home Premium unit with 16 gig of memory, a 120 gig SSD for the boot and software drive and a Seagate 2T hard drive for storage. Very fast and very dependable. The graphics with this APU look excellent on a 27" monitor.