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Pros: This processor is just amazing. It even blows away some of the Core 2 Quads. I think based on price, you get a great deal. I mean for 3GHz and 7MB of total Cache, this is amazing for its price. I was expecting it to be average, but when I tried Windows XP Mode in Windows 7, I was blown away by the VT speed. Intel really needs to step it up, because AMD is taking over. On top of that, AMD dosen't release new sockets every month. I planned to overclock it to 3.7GHz but based on the speed of the processor, I didn't even need to. The stock heatsink & fan are great and I have had no problems with it.
Cons: The only con I can think of is that the pins seem to bend very easily. I had to buy a second one because when I RMA'ed my board, it was in a box with all of the other components. I returned to the box a month later and the whole right side was bent.
Other Thoughts: Specs of My Build:
AMD Phenom ii x2 550
Windows Vista Ultimate 64Bit (Upgraded to 7 Ultimate)
Crucial 8GB DDR3 1333
GIGABYTE GA-MA770T-UD3P Socket AM3
Samsung DVD Burner w/Lightscribe Support
GIGABYTE Nvidia GeForce 9400GT w/1GB of Memory
Western Digital Caviar Green 500GB
RAIDMAX Smilodon Extreme Black ATX
RAIDMAX 700W ATX12V
An Extra Apevia Green LED Fan
Pros: This ram is so fast and amazing. When used with AMD Phenom 2 X2 550, it is so speedy. Part of the reason is that the Phenom has a DDR3 memory controller. I was having computer problems and I thought it was the ram, but turns out it isn't.
Other Thoughts: Specs of My Amazing System
Windows 7 Ultimate 64-Bit
Gigabyte GA-MA770T-UD3P Motherboard
This memory (x2 for a total of 8gb)
AMD Phenom 2 X2 550 B.E.
Raidmax Smilodon Extreme Black Case
Gigabyte Graphics Card (1GB)
Built in Audio
Raidmax Power Supply
Western Digital 500 GB Caviar Green
Samsung DVD Burner
This review is from: Microsoft Windows Vista Ultimate SP1 64-bit for System Builders w/ Tech Guarantee
Pros: I love vista. I also got this item for windows 7 but I don't know why everybody dosen't like it.
Cons: It is a little slow, but when you build a computer you want it to be fast and the specs should just handle this os fine.
Other Thoughts: Overall I think this is a great operating system. I got my windows 7 upgrade the day after windows 7 came out. Windows 7 is truly amazing!
AMD Phenom 2 x2 Black Edition
8 GB DDR3 1333