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.
Summary: I've been using this CPU for more than two years. It's on an ASUS P6T mobo, with 6 gigs of OCZ memory. Running Vista 64-bit. I have a stable overclock on it, without one crash. No app can max-out this processor. Photoshop, Lightroom, don't even heat it up. DVD movies, Black Ops, BC2, WaW, etc., no problems. I can easily increase my OC, but can't find a need! Never expected to be using this mobo/i7 920 combo for more than two years. A Best Buy.