Summary: Not much to say. It is a suitable CPU for a basic system if you're looking for dual core setup. This has done the job for my gaming system. Granted though being put to work with a GTX 460 in SLI, it is easily a bottleneck, but it's a good soldier.
Summary: This processor rocks. Sure it isn't an I3 or I5, but I work with 15 or so ie windows, 5 to 10 documents open in word, several pdf's 3 or4 excel workbooks, while doing remote tech support, using my contact manager, our app specific software, Outlook and thrunderbird, all running on 2 monitors, using the built in graphics. The scenario I just described is all day, day in and day out, on 4 gigs of ram and win7 pro... all of this while converting docs into pdf.
Summary: I bought this processor to be able to use my new system. IT IS FAST!! I didnt think a cheap processor would be as fast as this one is but it out performs the E7600 Core 2 Duo i had in my last system. I would recommend giving this processor a try for a budget system as its quite speedy.
Summary: I bought this chip for an HTPC for my wife for our bedroom. Coupled with a nice shuttle H67 case, Crucial M4 SSD, 4gb of ram, HD6450 and Win7, it has been great for her. It runs XBMC with no problems. I'm sure with the Integrated intel HD video it could run just fine, but I think things always run smoother with a discrete video card no matter what, and for $30 extra with 1gb of dedicated high speed video ram, no complaints here.
Summary: I chose this for a recent HTPC build over a Sandy Bridge i5 after reading a few reviews (including these on Amazon) described it as more than capable of handling 1080p video. I'm glad I made that choice. It's effortlessly handled just about every piece of video I've thrown at it so far (except that one clip from Planet Earth with the thousands of birds over a lake...), and it does an equally admirable job on Windows 7, XBMC (Alaska MQ skin) and my GameEx emulators.