Pros: I run Photoshop for graphics, Premiere for video editing. I do a lot of source code compiling in Visual Studio and Microchip MPLAB. I haven't found the need to upgrade the CPU yet. 5 years an no failures and no heating issues. Unfortunately Intel is doing really great and I don't see a future for...
Summary: I have bought a few of these, and they have gone from being my main cpu to being used in guest and kid's computers. The two I still have are still in use years later, and are surprisingly still going strong in the living room as a media center.
Summary: I got one with an asus motherboard that was designed for overclocking, so these results are better than average. I would no really buy one due to its age, but when I saw a free motherboard and CPU with a heat sink, I could not pass it up.
Pros: It over clocks unimaginably well and still runs very cool, I have a cheap heat sink on it, and can run 1.63 volts through it at 4.5 GHz WITHOUT IT HITTING 60! the heat sink is some artic 7 thing which came with the board and CPU that I found lying in a junk heap at an earth day fair.
Cons: It is old, 45nm architecture is not great, but it does still run games very well. obviously it will be a bottle neck for some higher end cards.
Summary: Don't buy this - it is very old. It was great when it came out for what I needed it for. :)
Pros: I used the stock fan with the already applied thermal paste and had no issues over four years. The temps are a little high now, but that's because I've taken literally no care of this thing. :)
Cons: I'm fairly certain it held back my HIS IceQ X 2gb 6950, but I didn't notice until I got a deal on a new gtx 970 and my fps didn't go up at all. Makes me wonder if I would have gone Intel whether or not I'd've had a better time these past four years.
Summary: This baby would have been with me 5 years in June. I'm about to upgrade so I will be moving this guys to handle a serve or something instead. It is still going strong and was handling even recent games when paired with a good card. I ran it with 16GB RAM and he loved me for it.