What should I consider when choosing a new processor?

Jorge Yort Rosal December 2, 2012

What do I need to know when choosing a new processor for my desktop?

  1. Prashant Mirjankar
    March 12, 2013 at 9:39 am

    Step 1. Know your needs
    Step 2. Know your budget
    Step 3. Now the list of processor is small select one

    Thank you

  2. Alison Gent
    December 14, 2012 at 2:32 am

    Mostly your motherboard, but I also find then when shopping for a new part make shore it integrates into the other parts that you already have. Also consider the use of the processor. What will you be using it for, regular internet surfing and word? gaming? or graphic design? Get one that fits your needs and your components.

  3. luis donis
    December 11, 2012 at 7:36 am

    intel core i7

  4. Giggity Goebbels
    December 10, 2012 at 5:47 am

    Good bang for buck processors in the lga1155 family will be the xeon e3-12XX V2 ivy bridge,they are priced at i5 but performs at i7 speed.yes must have V2 or else is sandy bridge

  5. Giggity Goebbels
    December 10, 2012 at 5:46 am

    Clock speed,socket,cache,and the obvious numbers like i5 is better than i3.

  6. Sashi Peiris
    December 6, 2012 at 3:09 am

    Mainly speed (gigahertz) i would recommend the Intel core i7

  7. Saumyakanta Sahoo
    December 5, 2012 at 3:25 pm

    first check for compatibility with motherboard then the no.of cores, frequency, features such as hardware supported virtualization etc , cache memory , power usage(if u r concerned about electric bills) ...

  8. Arun Vishnu
    December 3, 2012 at 7:31 am

    you may consider these things-
    clock speed
    socket layout
    power usage

  9. rohit pandey
    December 3, 2012 at 3:51 am

    first off all u have to choose the brand .
    brand need s to be trusted like amd or intel.
    choose the no. of cores along with the processing speed.the main thing is that you have to choose the best processor parallel to the your hardware.

  10. James Graham
    December 2, 2012 at 11:59 pm

    Along with the great suggestions to first check your motherboard and compatibility... I look at the prices. You'll see jumps between the processors. You look at one, but the next one up is only $30-40 more...then then next one up is again about $40 more...then the next one up jumps to $120 more. It's the processor before the sudden price jump that I save up for.

    Also take a deep breath and realize that as soon as you buy it...that more expensive one will drop in a few months.

  11. Alex Perkins
    December 2, 2012 at 11:25 pm

    The number of cores mainly, then the speed of those cores, higher is better but will need better cooling.

  12. Peter Hall
    December 2, 2012 at 10:49 pm

    not just about the type of CPU your board supports,You must ensure it is the correct type of CPU, and not just Intel and AMD. There are many different types for sac manufacturer. if you are doing a laptop upgrade you have to consider how much wattage it consumes. Mobile processors run cooler with less wattage. you could put a desk top processor in a laptop but it will run your battery down very fast not to mention run hot.

  13. Jurmy Chris
    December 2, 2012 at 9:54 pm

    Compatibility with motherboard and what ur aiming for.

  14. Zoe
    December 2, 2012 at 9:42 pm

    Belarc is useful also. http://www.belarc.com/

  15. LordMikal
    December 2, 2012 at 9:11 pm

    The only thing that you have to make sure of is that your motherboard supports the processor.
    1) First you get the manufacturer and model of your motherboard and then go online to their website and check to see what processors it supports.
    2) Check to make sure your BIOS is up to date - should be in the same area of the website.
    3) Now you have to decide if any of the supported processors are one you want - if so you are fairly good to go - if not, you will have to look at upgrading other portions of your system (like at least the motherboard).

  16. Alan Wade
    December 2, 2012 at 4:03 pm

    You should consider, funds available of course, a new motherboard that supports a minimum of 6 cores then buy the best processor you can afford that is compatible with the M/B.

  17. ha14
    December 2, 2012 at 12:55 pm

    more cache it has better will be so will be more expensive; check overclocking capabilities if your are int it. Heat generation...

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    December 2, 2012 at 7:20 am

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  19. Anonymous
    December 2, 2012 at 6:07 am

    1. Cheak ur motherboard socket.

    2. When u know wht socket u use, just find a processor with that socket, example, 1155.

    3. Find ur processor based on that socket, example for socket 1155 is intel pentium g630, or i3-2100, i5-2400, i7-2600 n more..

    4. for more speed, find a processor with more cache n GHz.

  20. Junil Maharjan
    December 2, 2012 at 4:48 am

    First thing is to check whether a processor is supported by your motherboard. to know that you need to check the make and manufacturer of your motherboard.

  21. Shankar C
    December 2, 2012 at 3:07 am

    pinned or pinless

    • Saumyakanta Sahoo
      December 5, 2012 at 3:21 pm

      pinned processors are almost extinct.....

  22. Jim Chambers
    December 2, 2012 at 2:58 am

    If your motherboard is 2-3 years old, it will be difficult to find a new CPU that is compatible. Check motherboard webpage for compatible processors including if a Bios update is required. Even if CPU uses same socket that motherboard has doesn't assure that it will work.

  23. Jan Fritsch
    December 2, 2012 at 2:10 am

    Most importantly you'll need to know your motherboards manufacturer and model. Usually it's printed on the board itself or you may have luck getting the information via a system information utility e.g. SIW http://www.gtopala.com/

    With that information you can simply go to the manufacturers site and look into the specifications of your model. This will give information about the required socket layout (e.g. LGA 1055, AM2, ...) and supported CPUs.

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