Summary: You will be very glad you bought this processor. Upgrading from a Pentium 4 at the time to this was incredible. Had multiple games running Crysis 2, Sim City 4, multiple tabs in Firefox, and Sony Vegas and Photoshop running simultaneously; while both games were on the highest graphics settings. Barley was able to reach over 30% CPU usage. This cpu will easily meet gamers needs today. And seems to hold okay market value.
Summary: I never buy what is on the leading edge of technology, because it will become obsolete in such a short period of time. I buy what was once on the leading edge of technology at a much more reasonable price.
Summary: Have had this for a year and I love it. Not running overclocked, but it has remained stable, cool, and plenty of room to roam free! I have played MANY games on this processor under max settings and it shows very little stress, at one point was running Chrome, League of Legends, Diablo III, Ventrilo, and a screen capture program to test stress.... NEVER came close to redlining... Solid chip.
Summary: First time I ever had a cpu die on me, so I replaced it with another one (this one). Not only does it work fine, the system is faster than it was. Guess I got a bad one before. It happens.....
Summary: I don't know why people are spending and arm, leg and your friend's arm and leg for an Intel Processor. I had this processor for about 6 months now. Never had a single problem with it. It runs my games, and other serious applications very well. No overheating problems. Even though is has great overclocking ability, I don't need to overclock jack because it can handle all the applications I throw at it. Great processor with great speed and great relibility.