Summary: I bought this for the faster speed as well as the number of cores. I'm happier with an AMD FX 4.2GHz 4 core. First of all, realize what you will be using your computer for before paying needless extra costs. I still choose AMD as my favorite.
Summary: This is the first 6 core processor that ever came out. It runs like a champ. AMD CPU's can do more multi-tasking and can remain stable during lots of processes. This CPU is still one heck of a beast. It will be up there with the big dogs for the next 4-5 years. Make sure you have a good heatsink/fan though. Try a coolermaster hyper tx3 or a coolermaster hyper 212+ or Evo.
Summary: I got this on tigerdirect for $85 bucks!!! +free shipping how can you beat that? that's like the same price for an athalon x3! Anyways you can pretty much have unlimited tabs up and this thing won't budge it's great but the fan sounds like a jet engine in your case so I would probably get another one of those even though it says "cool & quiet" but a new fan won't hurt you it'll just give you a better chance at over clocking so if your looking for a good cpu that won't...
Summary: I have had this processor for over 2 years now and I haven't had any problems with it. I use it for a lot of high end gaming so its not like its had a cake walk either. The only down side to this processor is the fan that comes with it; it's a little on the loud side by default. However, you can go into the bios and change the minimum fan speed to something lower so its not always yelling at you.
FAST Encoding!Fast Gaming!!Easy 4.0 Overclocking!CHEAP!Get it,got it,Good!
3 January 2013
Summary: My second PhenomII and yet to be let down or disappointed in any way.You can overclock this thing with liquid cooling to a stable 4.2 GHZ.It makes ConvertXtoDVD sing,and pretty much any other encoding software.If you can afford the 1100T or the 1090T do it,but if on a budget this chip get's it done.