Summary: I purchased the i3-3250 3.5GHz for a budget HTPC/gamer and couldn't be happier. It handles everything without hesitation. CS:GO, Skyrim and Fallout 3 all at high settings. If your looking for the best bang for your buck look no further.
Summary: Paired this model with a 750ti sc edition GPU and I am overly impressed by its performance...it runs everything like a champ (BF4,Advanced Warfare,FC4 etc) don't let the ''Dual core'' and ''i3'' brand trick you...its awesome!
Summary: Purchased to go in a HP Gen 8 Microserver. Excellent upgrade, went to 2 cores, 4 threads at 3.5GHZ for just over $100. Before it was Celeron 2 core, 2.3GHZ. Server now has some 'snap' to it, where before it was just very slow.
Summary: Installed the i3-3250 CPU on low cost TZ77A motherboard and got WEI of 7.3, 7.6, 4.9, 6,3, and 5.9. Works great with Windows-7 Professional and the XP mode. Purchased on sale, suggest you check the current prices of i3-3220, -3240, & -3250 since they are so close in performance.