Summary: Definitely a great CPU. I knew I wanted a true quad-core CPU rather than a dual core with HyperThreading, and with Turbo the per-thread speeds are basically the same as the lower-end i3s anyway. The included cooler is fine for a basic system or even a gaming system since your'e not going to be over clocking this thing - it doesn't have a K suffix so no unlocked multipliers.
Summary: This processor, or the 4440 (which is a matured process later version clocked 100 megahertz higher) is the sweet spot value choice for gamers. In the U.K.,It is cheaper than an AMD 8350, whilst giving as good or better performance in the majority of games. One or two games have been optimized to use all 8 of the AMD's cores, but even then there is no massive difference,just a few fps at the maximum end of the scale where it doesnt really matter(most monitors only run at...
Summary: If you match this with a Samsung 840 ssd you will not need the i7. It has 4 cores and can turbo boost to 3.2 - 3.6 Ghz, is easy to install and runs at about 40c with a stock fan. (I use arctic silver in place of the included heat sink compound).
Summary: I bought this processor to build a computer for a friend and I gotta say, I am regretting spending so much on my i7. Both of us are gamers and there's really no difference in the performance between this and my processor that cost about $100 more. Maybe in the next year some newer games will make some heavier use of the CPU and mine will start outshining his but so far I haven't seen that.
Summary: I LOVE this thing!! I built myself a gaming PC but I'm not all that interested in overclocking yet. I haven't purchased a GPU just yet, but this bad boy (paired with the gigabyte GA-Z87-D3HP) has enough power with just the integrated graphics to run skyrim at medium quality at 720p.