Summary: For a few dollars I turned my very weak Celeron PC into a very reasonable computer. Now I use it as a "Media PC" connected to my TV and it works like a champ watching hi def movies from the internet or video files anywhere on my network. The only effort required was getting the heat sink off and back on. Great deal. I'm going to see if I can do it with an old Celeron laptop.
A decent upgrade for your LGA775 motherboard, I don't like handing out 5s
1 June 2011
Summary: I bought this to replace an aging E4300 in a slimline system. Personally I think Core 2 chips are expensive but since their older yet perform on par with most Phenom IIs it isn't all bad. The system reacted quicker, but I think it was less because of the CPU than that it removed bottlenecks with the old FSB. The chip is also smaller than any other Core 2 according to Intel and uses the least power (throughout the E7xx line).
Summary: This little two core processor has a lot of balls, good cache, fast fsb and runs pretty cool. I use my PC for home entertainment and gaming. Most of my cards are fairly high end (Soundblaster Platinum X-Fi, GTS-450 video, 1024 MB of Ram on my PNY graphics card, this little guy doesn't heat up, although the cooling fan makes some noise. Today I played MOH for 3 hours and did I see cpu heat, well no.
Summary: I have been a custom computer builder for over 5 years now, I have been running AMD ever since i could build my own computer. When i was looking at upgrading my computer, i wanted to go for something different. So i checked out Intel to see what they have to offer. I stumbled upon this CPU and for the price, you really cannot complain. I went from a Phenom x3 8450 to this CPU and truthfully, this CPU is actually faster, even though its a dual core.