How to build a computer Part #1 – Choosing a processor

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Whether you’re a novice user or not, building a computer can be a daunting task. More so in the present day as more competition is about than ever before, and major price wars are seen between them constantly. We are compiling a set of guides to assist in your buying decisions so that you can make the most educated choice when buying your components to build your computer.

This may be the first computer you are looking to build, or may be that you’ve been out of the loop for a while and you’re unsure as to what’s “hot” at the moment.

The first component that we’ll be looking at is the Processor or CPU. CPU stands for Central Processing Unit and is essentially the brain of a computer. Without it, your system will do very little apart from be a dust collector, though with it the possibilities are endless. First we start with a little history lesson, which involves AMD and Intel. AMD and Intel are both respective manufacturers of processors and have been for a very long time, though both have been able to hold their own in the market place.

AMD have always been regards as the brand to go for if you want bang for buck, whilst Intel always gave the better performance, but for a large outlay of cash. Consumers believed that AMD were better for Gaming whilst Intel were king of rendering, but today is a much different time and things have changed since then. Whilst Intel do generally offer better rendering, that’s basing the top flagship models against each other, of which a bit of a cash difference is present.

Processors come in a choice of two flavours; OEM and Retail. Whilst OEM gives a better bang for buck, it also gives you just the processor, and nothing more and generally only comes with a 1 year warranty. Retail however offers a stock heatsink and fan as well as an extended warranty in comparison but of course costs a bit more money. This is a buying decision left up to you as a personal preference as to if you want to save money or want to play it safe. Personally we’d save the money and spend it on a better CPU cooler as the stock can get very noisy and doesn’t work that efficiently.

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  • lucas4

    awesome idea :)!very useful when intending to build ur 1st PC / buying a new CPU!

  • gaetan

    Great idea, great video, great article, what's there to say?Can't wait to read the rest!

  • oh_fubar

    well done Andy , all info I can use thanks

  • Leo Bien Durana

    lol Andy, your video tut/guide just made me think second thoughts about buying an i7 2600K over an i5 2500K. That 5,000 Pesos difference is a pain, and I could even get a HD6770 with it, or a RAM+HDD combination. I'm so excited with the next video. RAM 101 would help me a lot too ^_^

  • Si KeVin

    I bet the next one is choosing a motherboard 😀

  • Leo Bien Durana

    Yup, I bet the next one will be mobos. Keep us posted guys! I'm so excited >.<

  • dav532000

    Nice to put a face to the person who runs the site, nice bit of info on CPUs to start, will help a few people with there first build. I no I had to do quite a bit of research into components being compatible with each other before building my first Pc. Will defo watch the others, the OC videos will be interesting as I have never OC, so will learn something from that, nice one. 😎

  • Leo Bien Durana

    I second the motion of dav532000. OC articles about the mobo and rams will do, as there already is an article about the GPU.

  • ryandigweed

    Nice guide .. 🙂 there should be some CPU mentioned that are good to buy at the moment. So many of us may make the right decision while upgrading our computers.. Since some CPU's Overclock better than the others..