Summary: This was a wonderful CPU for my first build. It works amazingly, and paired with my GTX 660Ti things are just wonderful. Unfortunately I have to say goodbye to this CPU, as I am upgrading to an i5 quad core to better support Grand Theft Auto Five.
Summary: Did not have to re-activate my Windows 7 64 Home Premium! My Windows Experience score went from 6.9 to 7.2. Overall I am pleased with this purchase. I used an Intel i5 heat-sink I had lying around since it had a copper core. And I also used Arctic Silver 5. Idles around 35C according to the BIOS.
Pros: Replaced an older i3-2120T 2.6 GHz (35 watt) with this processor. Much quicker boot times and programs load faster. The extra 800 MHz makes a huge difference!
Cons: Not really a con... with extra speed comes a little more heat from the heat-sink and processor. 55 watt vs 35 watt.
Summary: What can I say? 3rd generation Intel Ivy Bridge technology and Intel HD 2500 graphics. Not a gaming machine, but with a decent add-on graphics board you could, I suppose. This is dual core at 3.4ghz, with hyperthreading for 4 virtual cores. Sure you can pay more, but do you really need to?
Summary: I used this for a budget HTPC and light gaming machine and am very happy with it's performance. This processor will probably be a bottleneck for upgraders, but runs most current(ish) games fine.
Pros: Low power Fast for serial usage Price Stays cool with stock heat sink/fan combo
Summary: I got this to put into my budget gaming system and I must say that I had concerns but they were silenced. For what it is, a dual core with hyper threading, it performs admirably, running most games without issue, BF3/4, World of Warcraft etc.
Summary: Outstanding shock and awe for a budget processor. Recommended for your kids or the budget minded crowd.
Pros: Great little cpu. Put em in my kids builds along with a 650GTX and 8Gigs of Gskill. Hoped, well rather thought it'd do well paired up with those for their gaming needs. It's so far exceeded my speculations. Really an outstanding processor. It'll game. Handles Sims/Elder Scrolls titles/Battlefield...