Summary: This CPU paid itself couple times already. The best investment ever.
Pros: This is the best CPU ever made by Intel. I bought it back in November, 2011 and it is January 2016 and still running strong, and running all the latest games at max details and there is no slowing down. It is running overclocked @4.2Ghz since day run and still stable. Just wow...all I can say. Th...
Summary: This is the best processor I have ever had and it has stayed relevant the longest too.
Pros: I bought this process on the day of release back in 2011 and I have had no problems since. Running between 4.4 and 4.8 GHz on it nonstop, never fails. Stays cool with water and stable. Didn't have to run too much voltage, just a touch under 1.40 and its fine
Cons: Nothing, It has been running way longer than any previous processor I've had and I will be keeping it several more years.
Summary: I've moved to X79 because I went beyond 2 GPUs in SLI and wanted more PCIe lanes than 2700K could provide. While the initial investment was steep ($1k with ASUS RIVE motherboard), I am very happy to have made this move!
Pros: - Stable and powerful - 40 PCIe lanes for multi-GPU setup - Respectable over-clocking capability (with good cooling) - Good compromise of features/price (yes even at $600) compared to the 39?X older brothers
Cons: - Not cheap (a $800-1k investment with a proper motherboard) - No longer the latest and greatest (not a con for me -- after 1 year with it, I totally see this rig lasting me another 3-5 years) - Requires good cooling for overclocking
Pros: I can clock this at 4.6 and stable with corsair water cooling. I knock it down to 4.3 for general use. I have 2 7970's in crossfire. ripjaws 2400 memory. Asus p9x79 mb. Samsung 840 evo. really sweet system. amazing that windows 7 gives it only 7.8 and that's my bottleneck lol.