Summary: I've always used Intel processors. When I started designing my new computer system I wanted the I7. This CPU has been stellar right out of the box. I've had no issues whatsoever. I've very paranoid about heat so when I installed my CPU I used a Cooler Master tower heat sink. I have several components that add lots of heat in my case so I also use 5 extra case fans as well.
For Advanced Gaming and Multitasking use the 920 (i7) Processor
29 June 2013
Summary: We have 2 (i7) 920 computers in the house, both are gaming machines and have about 16 gigs of ram in each box, both have dual crossfire video cards and running 64 bit os systems. The Processor is pretty hard to find actually unless you want to pay a good $300 to $400 dollars so when i seen it for sale on eBay for $170 i had to jump on that fast since the other machine we have the processor died. (Mostly it was due to a fan error) not a Processor error.
1st generation i7's rock. If you got the PS these things are great !!!
3 March 2013
Summary: This is one of the first generation i7's that started it all. It is quite reliable and overclocks extremely well. It was as advertised. First generation i7's work well but consume more power that the 3rd generation addressed.
Excerpt: When this chip first came out, it was sort of a holy grail of overclocking. 4 GHz was generally easily attainable (I put mine straight to 4 when i installed it and never looked back). For the price and performance, it was hard to beat the 920. Now with the newer Sandy Bridge processors, it has lost some of its value but is still a very good chip.