Summary: This was the budget processor I put in my Media Server a year and a half ago, and it's still going strong. The processor was swapped out for a i3-3220 due to size constraints in the media box, but it lives on in my parent's computer. It was a great buy a while ago, and it would do well as a budget processor in an AM3 build.
OEM installed--needed to swap out due to bluescreens
26 January 2013
Summary: This was the OEM processor in a consumer Acer X3400G pc which I bought at Walmart 1.5 years ago. For the last 2 months this machine was experiencing frequent bluescreens. The blue screen codes varied, but would often indicate unaddressed cache errors. Mean time from boot to failure was ~1hr. After some agonizing (i suspected the 225W power supply might be contributing to issue), i purchased a slightly upgraded 3.4 GHz AMD Athlon X2 270.
Summary: I bought this AMD Athlon processor mainly because of the price and lower TDP than the AMD Phenom II series. This processor suits my needs and performs remarkably well. I have paired it with an AMD Radeon 5770. I play Star Trek Online, The Lord of the Rings Online, World of Warcraft, and Napoleon Total War. I am able to play all of these games with the graphics setting on maximum. The Windows Experience Index rates this processor a 6.5.
Summary: As usual AMD has made an excellebt product. Does all that it is advertised to do. Speed through your applications easily. Couple it up with good a motherboard and memory and you have what you'll need. Excellent for me.
Summary: With two cores and a clock speed of 3.1 GHz, this CPU can do just about anything you need. It also overclocks easily. You can achieve a 20% OC to 3.72GHz using the stock fan and stock voltage, and the temperature under load stays under 60C. This is definitely a great budget CPU for gaming or for general purpose computing, especially if you're upgrading an older Socket AM2+ motherboard without ACC. (This CPU is a native dual-core, so there are no extra cores to unlock.
Summary: For people out there looking to build a budget gaming PC or just upgrading... Look no further, this CPU is impressive for its price. With the system specs listed below, I have it overclocked to 3.63GHz no problems at all. Overclocking is suggested as long as you have a reason to and if you have sufficient cooling, preferably liquid cooling but high end heatsink/fans do just fine from what I've heard. It runs at 30C idle and that's with it O.C.