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Choose the best Processor for your next PC build (part 1)

Whether you’re building or buying a desktop PC, the CPU is one of the important parts to choose. Here’s how to compare best CPU for your PC. this article comes with several parts. first describes the basic, then compares the intel processors, after that some guideline about AMD processors as alternative.

Selecting the best processor for you is a question has no single answer. it depends on what you will do with your PC, will you use it for simple task or gaming? how much clock speed you need? if you want to overclock, then things get complicated.

Figuring that out means looking beyond specs like clock rates. Indeed, given changes in chip architectures, cache, and other factors, the old standby of comparing clock rates (and assuming “higher is better”) is seldom accurate. Today, it’s only worthwhile to compare clock rates within a single family of chips from a single chip maker—and only then, assuming all other factors, such as cache and core count, are equal. And they seldom are.

Even so, raw clock speed is only one part of a given CPU’s performance story. Many processors nowadays, for example, can temporarily speed up a subset of their cores on the fly if thermal conditions allow for it. So a given CPU may perform slightly better in one system versus another, depending on the cooling scheme.

motherboard with intel xeon e5620 cpu

When comparing the best processors for your needs, the core count is important, too, in relation to the kind of tasks you’ll subject your system to. Having multiple cores on a CPU is now the norm, and—again, everything else being equal—more is generally better. Plus, some chips, specifically Intel ones supporting the company’s Hyper-Threading technology, support a second processing thread on each core, which doubles the number of cores in practice.

However, having several cores and threads working at once is useful only if the software you’re using is multithreaded—that is, able to make use of the extra cores. Most games and basic office applications, for example, really stress only one core at a time. In cases like these, the single-threaded performance of a CPU matters more.

This is just a superficial overview of what comes into play when balancing what adds up to the best processor for you. The specific apps you use will make your needs different from everyone else’s. Within each chip maker’s lines, however, you’ll see clear speed leaders, which we’ll get to below.

The other big thing to consider, though, is whether you’re upgrading, building, or buying a PC. The best processor for you in each of those cases may very well be quite different. When building a PC or upgrading one, the best processor choice is inevitably enmeshed with whether you’re tied to a motherboard you already own. If so, that will narrow down the processor family or families you can consider in the first place. And in some cases, if you’re buying a motherboard alongside your processor, shifting your spending more toward one than the other will make more sense. If you’re buying a PC outright, on the other hand, you’re paying for a whole motherboard-and-processor bundle in one, so you have a freer hand to choose, within your budget.

We’ll look at current processor families on the market by “socket” platform. Intel and AMD each offer processors in several families, and each family works within a given socket architecture. The socket describes the physical receptacle on a computer’s motherboard that accepts the chip.


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About MD Maruf Billah

Co-Founder and CEO at IT Segment. Studying Computers and Information at Cairo University, Cairo, Egypt.

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