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What is a CPU?


The CPU, or Central Processing Unit, is the most crucial hardware component in your computer which completes all the instructions from computer programs.  They achieve this by completing the basic operations – logical, arithmetic, control and input/output – that are indicated by these instructions.  Hence, with the CPU acting like the “brain” of your computer, it’s clear why it is so important to purchase the right processor, which you can accomplish by understanding what the most important features you should consider are when choosing your CPU.


How do I choose a CPU?


Firstly, you need to consider what your budget is, so that you can develop a general sense of what kind of speed your CPU will be running at.  These processors usually range from $100 to $1000, so use this as an indication of the kind of performance a CPU of your budget will deliver.  Next, you should decide whether you want an AMD or Intel processor – the two largest manufacturers of CPUs.  The only reason why this choice has importance is because AMD and Intel CPUs will only work in their respective motherboards. 


Once you have completed this, you have to check whether the CPU is compatible with your motherboard socket as there are different types for both AMD and Intel.  The number of cores should be decided next, with the more cores a CPU has, the more powerful – and inevitably expensive – it is going to be.  Operating frequency, or clock speed, is measured in gigahertz (GHz) and should be the next thing you analyse.  Finally, the last feature you should look into is the integrated graphics of the CPU.  Other features that you may want to consider before making your purchase include the boost potential, manufacturing technology, 64-bit support, cache, TDP (Thermal Design Power) and overclockability.


At Mwave we carry a large variety of CPU/processors from AMD and Intel, and hence we have a wide price range available for you to choose from.