Summary: The processor is great for a medium budget build but do be careful with the kind of motherboard you choose for it. Certain motherboards have little to no heat distribution for the VRM's which this and other higher end AMD FX processors are known to heat up. This will almost definitely result in a spike in temperature readings which might report as "255'C" or errors. This will result in the board either shutting down or throttling.
Summary: I bought this in Jan 2012, to go with a Gigabyte 970A-UD3 motherboard, and it has been serving me well since then. I'd suggest that mobo or a newer model, because it comes with OC controls in BIOS, and you're going to want to take this CPU out for a spin. The heatsink it comes with looks nice, but seriously underperforms. It is fine for stock speeds, but if you want to take this CPU off the rails you'll need something better.
Summary: Now I know why Cyberpower wanted me to contact them to change my Computer repair to a computer return. I sent out the PC yesterday. Come to find out when I called today, they will not credit me for the full amount. They are charging me for return shipping. I did inform tech support that I am contacting the Better Business Bureau regarding these bait/switch techniques. I should not have to pay return shipping for a pc that came to me with the following issues: 1.