I was building a budget gaming rig and decided to go with a CPU/discrete graphics card rather than using integrated graphics. This processor is priced right to get the job done and my machine is nothing but snappy!
I'm very pleased, even with the stock cooler, at how cool the chip stays. I imagine this cooler would fit in even the tightest of HTPC cases, it isn't even taller than my RAM which has heat spreaders. It is also quiet. In fact, the only fan I hear most of the time in this system is the GPU can.
The only drawbacks I can think of are that it is only a dual core chip and it is not overclockable.
I paired this chip with a Biostar H77MU3 motherboard and stuck an EVGA GeForce GTX 650 Ti in there for gaming. I am averaging about 50-60fps while playing Assassin's Creed III on the highest settings. (Not at 1080p, though, as I don't have a screen capable of that.)