Chose this in Nov 2013 £165, and fitted up the system in early 2014. Has been in use for over a year now, with win8.1. and 16GB ram/Z97 mobo ; with solidstate drive it makes for a reliable, fast system, well capable of multitasking, without the overclocking: I selected this for its virtualisation parameter capability although unfortunately have not got around to making use of that aspect, as yet. It runs as a quiet pc, ramping up to a low hum when pushed. I ditched the stock cooler for another air cool with better performance. I ought to check my temps again! I agree with others that an i7 isn't necessarily the best, although I'd suggest research carefully, depending on your budget and requirements, and view of your systems upgrade path/longevity. And if tempted by the i7, would you rather put an extra £100 into a processor, or motherboard and accessories, or keep for the next time?
If you are thinking of getting an i7 then the performance boost won't be noticeable unless you're livestreaming/recording at the same time. Better revisions of i5 also don't offer that much performance improvement for their price mark up as well. So if you want a CPU that will play all games at max settings and at a silky smooth frame rate and don't care about overclocking then look no further.
I've only been running this for a few days and so far it's running very well. The case runs quiet with only stock cooling and having the heat-sink come with thermal paste already applied ensures there is one less thing to worry about when putting it together.
I just had one problem when trying to install this. Initially, the computer wouldn't boot and as it turns out this was due to the stock heat-sink not being attached to the motherboard correctly. The correct way to install it (since the instructions aren't overly clear) is to just press down on the connectors - not twist them. The arrows on the connectors are to indicate how to release the heat-sink as opposed to securing it. This is a fairly no0b mistake to make but I thought I would share it in case anyone else had the same problem.
Top performance for a very good price. At first the idle temperature was around 60°C which was quite high but then I realised that was due to my stock cooler not being on properly. Now the idle temperature is around 30°C which could not be better. Would definitely recommend!
Only recieved this a couple of days ago so i will not jump to conclusions but this is the best processor for the money i feel at the moment. Great processor for the money and would recommend anyone who is consdering purchasing one of these , then do so as you will not be dissapointed.