Summary: I've always been an Intel guy since the AMD-K62 processor. Back then, I have heard about so many problems with AMD that I avoided them. But recently, I wanted to build a gaming PC and I wanted to do it cheaply. I decided to give AMD another shot and so far, I have been very satisfied with my experience. AMD has come a long way while I was gone.
Summary: I've been using AMD cpu's for my last several builds with good luck. I'm just an amateur and all the computers are for home use, mostly supporting language teaching and equity/bond trading. This build went together without a hitch, just lucky. Most of the parts were sourced from Amazon, a few elsewhere at a better price. Something maybe not often considered is tax when purchasing. At least for me, Amazon folds in sales tax which can be substantial for a large purchase.
Summary: I bought this for my budget build that was supposed to replace my laptop. I haven't tried overclocking it yet but it is tearing through all the cpu intensive stuff I can throw at it with no signs of slowing down.
Summary: I build and repair PC's as a home-business. I've only used this chip once in a new build with a Solid State Disk drive and Asus M5A78L-M Mainboard with 8 GB DDR 3 memory. It really performs nice with Windows 8 Professional and for the price, is about the best performer I've dealt with yet. Would definitely recommend.
Summary: I use this processor in a back end HTPC environment for recording, editing and transcoding TV shows. The transcoding software I use (TMPGenc XPress) can drive all 4 cores to 100% when transcoding multiple simultaneous programs. Average transcode time is about 24 min for an edited program to mp4 AVC, constant quality, with resizing. My only complaint is the fan noise (reminds me of the days on the flightline).