There are many instances where you may feel obligated to buy a new computer processor. One may be that you are upgrading an old computer model, you want to increase the processing speed of your current computer or are basically just building a computer from scratch. Whatever your reason may be, finding a good computer Central Processing Unit(CPU) needs that you consider several factors. Below is an insight in this regard.
The CPU speed
The CPU has a clock speed that determines how fast programs in your computer can run. Traditionally CPU speed was measured in MegaHertz (MHZ), due to today’s technological advancements, the speed has changed and gone up to Gigahertz (GHZ). Generally, if you are not a computer nerd, you should at least know that the higher the speed the CPU you are buying has, the better it will be. Slow computer CPUs make the computer hang and may take ages to rum some programs while others may not be allowed to run at all.
The CPU model
Like many other products, you will be buying, it is always important to consider the manufacturing company. There are basically three manufacturers namely AMD, Cyrix and Intel. All have good and bad reviews on line. However as a wise buyer, you will always look at the percentage of dissatisfaction other customers have on the CPU you are buying. If the reviews are bad, then you will have to look at another model or another company.
The heat sink
The heat sink of the computer CPU, helps to allow the processor to stay cool. Cool processors generally work more efficiently than hot ones. Before going out to buy a processor or dismissing and assuming that your processor is bad, you should look at your heat s ink. If your heat sink is not working, or is not efficiently cooling the processor you have it could lead to errors, lock up and general slowness. Considering the heat sink first will help you solve the right problem.
There are very few things that we buy without considering the price. It only necessary that you know that the higher the processing speed the processor will have the more expensive it will be. The prices will also depend on the company you buy the processor from; some may be more expensive than others. Therefore, if you want a processor that is more powerful and very fast, you will have to spend more.
It is also very crucial that you consider how compatible the processor you are buying is with the type of mother- board you have. There are models of the motherboard that are built to be compatible with most processors, however, some are specific. You will therefor need to read your previous processor’s name to know which to buy. If you are buying an LGA 775 CPU, you will need to have a mother- board with an LGA 775 motherboard. This is no like a hard drive that you can attach on the outside so it needs to be very specific.