Summary: I honestly wanted something to match the legendary i5 2500k without completely changing setups and reinstalling windows. And this basically does just that! I am a casual gamer, but like to spend time tinkering with things, such as overclocking. I might not go there with this cpu as of yet.
Summary: This CPU on itself is great, it's a beast. But the overheating is absurd. On stock settings it gets far beyond the 80°C mark on most games, even not particularly demanding ones. Even my Motherboard's BIOS setup makes this thing overheat.
Summary: I am currently running this processor at about 4.215GHz and the computer never seems to bottlekneck. Even with 2 virtual linux machines, a dozen chrome tabs, and a game running. I currently have this paired with 16 gigs of ddr3 and a ASUS Crosshair V motherboard.
Summary: Got this on a deal around Christmas for $200 and I got the cpu and liquid cooling together in the package. It's a closed loop system which was nice since it was the first liquid cooling system I've put together. It was a major upgrade from what I had before.
Summary: Pro: Water cooling works great. Nice control program. Cons: Waterblock has a weird tick when its running. hasn't seemed to cause any issues with cooling just kind of makes me wonder how long it will last!
Summary: I won this processor from a drawing that AMD donated for. Tried using the computer and it would work for a very short time and would immediately lock up. I have replaced absolutely every part individually on the computer and once I tried a different processor the computer worked perfectly fine.
Summary: No complaints from this CPU. Still learning the more in depth part of computers hardware and overclocking. This processor held up through all of my growing pains(aka big mistakes when overclocking). The cooler keeps the CPU cool even during my stress tests.