How to Choose the Right Processor for Your PC

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The processor or CPU (Central Processing Unit) is one of the key components in your computer system. It is the component that is responsible for computations and calculations, so with the management and triggering of different software and hardware. If compared to the human anatomy, it is referred to as the brain of the computer system. In this article we will give you some tips and hints on how to choose the right processor for your PC.

Motherboard Compatibility

The motherboard is the main circuit board where everything in your computer is plugged into. It is responsible for distributing power to the components and acts like a bridge from one component to the next. When choosing the processor for your pc, it is important to take note of its compatibility to your motherboard. When you purchase a processor it is necessary to review and check if your motherboard supports it. Look it up on your manual and see if the processor that you have your eyes on is on the list of compatible processors. Else, you may need to find another processor.

One of the compatibility factors in relation to the motherboard with respect to the processor is the socket type. If the motherboard connectors that are enclosed in an array of holes, the processor should have the correct number of pins to match that of the motherboard. If the motherboard’s connectors are an array of pins or connectors, then the processor must have an array of connector pads on them to exactly match that of the motherboard. This goes for AMD manufactured processors and Intel manufactured ones.

For Intel processors, it is also important that you take note of the Front Side Bus Speed of the board and the processor. The motherboard’s FSB should be greater than or equal to the FSB of the processor.

Determine the PC’s main purpose

It is also important to know the purpose of the computer system being built. For it will greatly affect the choice of processors. Graphics design, intensive gaming, and Digital purposes like Audio and video editing are among the tasks that require high amounts of computer resource. In this case, it is optimal to use high-end processors. High-end processors are those that have high speeds, which are measured in Hertz (e.g. MHz, GHz). The higher the number, the higher the speed is. High-end processors also have more “Cores” than others. Dual cores are like 2 processors in a single package. If it’s used for just plain email sending, document processing, spreadsheet applications, you may just opt for a single core processor. The harder the tasks given to the system, the better your processor should be.

Cache

Aside from the speed, cache should also be looked into. Cache is a type of memory that the processor temporarily uses by its own. It is embedded into the processor itself and this prevents data from being taken into the RAM (the memory chips in your computer) and back to the processor. Each processor has different Cache sizes and cache levels (L1, L2, etc.). The lower the number means the closer it is to the processor, which means less time consumed to have data move back and forth between cache and processor.

Those are different things that you need to look into when choosing the processor for your PC. Another tip that we’d like to add is for you to check with different retailers to get discounts. The prices may vary from retailer to another retailer. The difference in price may be due to the difference in the price of each retailer’s supplier. Once you have saved some money off the processor, it is advisable to invest it on a good set of RAM or memory modules to make your computer perform faster.

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