Selecting the Best Computer Processor

Following the motherboard, a computer processor (CPU) is possibly the second most important part for a computer. The CPU is the brains of a computer, it will determine what software you will be able to run. The more powerful the CPU the more kinds of applications you will be able to run on your system. Because a CPU is so important to a computer, you need to make sure you have the best cpu for your budget and tasks.

There are many CPUs to choose from, each one slightly different than the next and each one is tailored for different tasks. With all the different choices it may difficult for even the most experienced user to pick the best cpu. To narrow it down a little, I'm going to list the most important factors for fing a computer processor.


Factors to Consider When Buying a Computer Processor

1. Budget

Before you even think about what kind of cpu you will be buying, or any other computer part, you need to determine what how much money you are willing to spend all together. When you figure that out, you'll have to determine what parts you'll be spending more or less money on. A CPU will generally be a little bit more than most parts because it is so essential to a computer. On the other hand, it will usually last for a long time before it needs to be replaced.

There are many different CPUs even in each price bracket. Depending on your budget you will have to decide what bracket to pick from. Each bracket should have a wide variety of different CPUs. If you have a lower budget but want a faster CPU you may consider getting a lower quality brand or getting a slower but better quality CPU. Other factors will tie in and help you decide what to cut back on as well.

2. Purpose

The second most important factor to determine before you find the best cpu is your purpose. What is the purpose of your computer? Is it for gaming, video editing, or general usuage such as Word processing or text files? What ever it is there is most likely a best cpu to get the job done. For most purposes you won't need the highest core processor there is, but for hardcore gaming or advanced video editing you may need a slightly higher cpu. A CPU will often determine how fast your computer will run. The more powerful the CPU the more kinds of applications you will be able to run on your system as well.

For a quick exampe of what a faster CPU you will help with, think of opening up many tabs on a web browser. While one is loading you may go on and find something else to read and so on. The more tabs you open, the more information there is being processed at the same time. This is the same with different programs. The more programs you have open and running the slower your computer will run, depending on the CPU. If you often have to run multiple programs you might consider getting a faster CPU.

3. Components

The biggest decision you will have to make when choosing a CPU is whether you will get an Intel or a AMD CPU. These two companies are the leading producers in CPUs. What you'll have to really worry about with this choice is what components (video card, memory, motherboard, etc) you'll be adding to your computer. Most components will require a certain processor to run. Generally you'll find that AMD will provide a better lower budget build but Intel has the higher end market cornered pretty hard.

If you follow these few steps you will most likely narrow down your search quite a bit. If you have any doubt about a cpu, read a few reviews. Just keep in mind some people are extremely generous and some harsh about their reviews. Another thing you need to highly consider with a CPU is an after market fan. Some fans get a lot hotter than others and if it isn't cooled right it could be damaged.