As an upgrade to my Windows 7 - dual core system I paired this i5-2500k CPU with an 'Asrock Z68 Pro3-m motherboard' and 4x2gb 'KHX1600C9D3X2K2' ddr3 1600 memory. The stock intel cpu fan cooler was no real use under a heavy workload and replaced it with a 'LOKI SD963 cpu cooler'. Probably way over the top for what I use my PC for, but can handle everything that I throw at it with no problems at all without any overclocking.
This was used this as a direct replacement for the older MK3265GSX that had crashed. I had no problems installing the drive, rebuilding the OS and the applications on the laptop a Dell 1545. Overall the drive is a little quicker and more quiet that its predecessor.