Summary: The only sad thing was, the lack of hardware support for Virtual Machines. It can run a lot but for Virtual Machines, but it really shows its limits. Reliable and can still play a lot of games well enough with a good graphics card.
Pros: Solid power / performance / price ratios. Very reliable in service. Powerful enough to play some light games, and useful work still in 2014.
Summary: Paired with a Gigabyte EP35-DS3L motherboard and OCZ RAM. Very fast, very reliable, and very cool. In the same case, same cooler (had to change retention mechanism obviously) same room, etc., it's around 6ºC cooler than the AMD X2 processor it replaced on idle, and 10ºC cooler on load.
Pros: built a strong machine with an Nvidia e-GeForce 9600 GT (pci express 2.0). No overclocking, i like to keep things simple. with just 2GB ram, this processor, and the nvidia card, i am able to run Call of Duty4 at full detail, full resolution, etc. Machine is also used for a lot of heavy 3d modelin...
Cons: None. Like i said, i keep things simple. No overclocking.
Summary: I used the stock heatsink that was on my Q6600 which is twice as tall and has a copper base. Not the best, but it's adequate for the E7200.
Pros: Without even a voltage change, mine will do 3.16 GHz as if it were rated to do so. It barely even affects the temperature under load (52 deg C at most). I haven't pushed it further simply because I don't want to kill it prematurely.
Cons: Stock heat sink is utterly garbage. Toss it if you plan to overclock and use something better.