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.
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.