Summary: This was part of a final upgrade. Got a Core i7 920, ASUS PT6 Deluxe, 12 GB RAM, GTX285, X-Fi in 2008. It has now been upgraded to: Core i7 990X EE, ASUS PT6 Deluxe, 12 GB RAM, ASUS GeForce GTX Titan, Creative X-FI Platinium,2 x SSD, 1 x HD. This rig will last me the next 3 years, largely in part to the 990X CPU. Even if my i7 920 was OC'ed to 3.5 Ghz, it no match for the 990x...even at stock.
Summary: Why i bought it: Pretty simple really. Ive always wanted one. One of the best cpus on earth. Its also becoming increasingly hard to find them new in sealed box. This cpu will also serve me for a very long time. What i like most about it: Its performance. Its incredibly fast and powerfull. There is nothing it cant handle. What i dislike about it: Its price. They dont come cheap. But if its something you love then its priceless.
High end right out of the box, a huge upside with minor mods, + great value
8 June 2012
Summary: Very fast and powerful processor. I wanted speed and lots of threads, and I got it, along with a good graphics board. Be sure to run an "overclocking" application on it. Using the Intel utility with a DX58SO2 board I got an easy 8-10% speed increase while staying within specifications, meaning no temperature increase.