Pros: Great Processor! I highly recommend it, I haven't O/C but haven't needed too, I do some light gaming, and some audio editing, this processor handles it without a problem. The included heatsink has worked great for me, and installed without a problem.
Summary: I'm not sure what else to say. It's quad core, it works great, it's quiet. It came with a stock fan that had thermal paste pre-applied. Sidenote: During my first build I ordered everything I wasn't sure of including thermal paste. But now I'm ready in case I want to upgrade from stock fans.
Pros: Works fast and quietly. I have had no problems that I am aware of despite the fact that I accidentally dropped it approx 4 feet onto tiled flooring. Durable ^ Worth the almost $200 price tag. Would buy again.
Cons: Installation was tough. The motherboard felt like it wanted to snap. I hired a professional builder to install it for me.
Summary: I was thinking about an i7 but a friend that was also doing a build and got an i7 came by and he said that that if he do it again he would get the i5. SO if you need a good cpu without breaking the bank, this is for you
Pros: got this for a budget build and I was very surprise by how good it was. It takes a mild oc very well and I found that it was not a heat monster, have not pushed it that much I'll let my kid do that. I very please with it
Cons: Like others have said the fan that comes with it is not that good
Summary: Not only do games get smashed, but crazy number crunching intensive apps roll over and just GO.
Pros: Going from a super-outdated Pentium D to this is overkill TO THE EXTREME. I was caught-up in the whole "overclock out of the box" thing, but my rule is "only OC when its usefulness has run out and you don't care." Spending ~$180 on something to force it to do something it probably shouldn't leave...
Cons: I still don't know if it's a con or not, but the grease on the bottom of the heatsink was semi-sorta smudged. Doesn't matter, though; it got taken off anyway. Arctic silver wooooooo.