AMD Sempron is always a good choice for a budget minded enthusiast.
6 July 2013
Summary: There are more of these AMD Sempron CPU's at budget prices than the same socket 754 Motherboards found at nominal prices. The 3000 Sempron is about at the top of what most budget socket 754 motherboards can digest comfortably. Check your motherboard specs before stepping all the way up into the Sempron 3400 or higher CPU or equivalent Athlon 64 bit family processor.
Summary: Just bought this last weekend to upgrade my PC. I used an ASRock K8NF4G-SATA2 motherboard along with this CPU. AMD has made their budget lineup very complicated because there are several models of the Sempron 3000+. The CPU i bought has a "Palermo" 64bit 1.8ghz core. Benchmarks don't do it justice especially when you compare it to the Athlon 64, but all i can say is that its very zippy.
Summary: The average PC user is not very demanding. They need a processor that can handle "low-impact" tasks like reading e-mails, web surfing, and basic multimedia without a lot of effort. The Sempron 3000+ is one of those. I installed it in a system running Windows XP. It should be up to the tasks of running Windows Vista, but I would check the recommended hardware requirements just in case.
Pros: Price, runs cooler than expected
Cons: Heatsink attachment was not straightforward.
Summary: This is a very good CPU for people that just want an inexpensive machine that does everything well. If you want more performance out of it, you can overclock it easily. If you are looking for a quite PC and want to lower the power comsumption and heat generation, you can lower the CPU voltage with cool 'n quite. Nothing can beat this CPU for such a low price.
Pros: Inexpensive. Manufacturer Warrenty. Comes with a heatsink.
Cons: only 128k L2 cache. 754 socket, no dual channel support.
Summary: This is a great entry-level CPU. It runs at really cool temps, so no worries about anything overheating. Its not super-fast, but works great for internet browsing and doing word processing, spreadsheets, etc... Great value!
Pros: Runs Very cool! May be a decent OC ability (did not attempt).
Summary: I was trying to build a desktop computer just for fun without spending lot of money. Then I found this AMD Sempron processor for really cheap around $30. I thought of giving a try and for my surprise it was very easy install and ready to go in a short while. The performance is decent and very good value for home computing purposes like browsing, office work and watching videos. I would definitely recommend this processor.
Summary: I bought this CPU in retail package at a dirty cheap price ($31) and I would say it's a steal deal on this price. It runs very cool and sufficient for the ordinary web surfing and minor games. I also use this CPU for HDTV playback, 1080i and 720p is very smooth. Highly recommend!
Pros: 64 bit, runs cool, fast enough, easily oc, cheap