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Which Processor Do I Need?

A computer processor, or central processing unit (CPU), is the brain inside your computer. And the right processor for you will depend on your needs. If you’re a light computer user who just needs something for emails, websites, and YouTube, then a simple dual core processor is an excellent choice. If you’re a gamer, or starting to get into some basic photo and video editing, then look into a quad core processor. Finally, if you’re an industry professional looking for the best, look towards processors with 6 or more cores for the best performance.

How Many Cores Do I Need?

The more complex your task, the more cores you will need. For most general users, two cores will be plenty. But for more intensive tasks such as gaming or photo editing, you will need a quad core processor to keep up and maintain smooth performance. Certain Intel processors come with Hyper Threading, which simulate virtual cores to allow for better multitasking.

Do I Need to Buy a Separate CPU Cooler?

Most processors will come with a stock CPU cooler that is more than adequate to cool the processor. The main reasons to upgrade from a stock CPU cooler include lower temperatures, lower noise levels, and even just something that looks better. The best bang for your buck is a new tower style CPU cooler with heatpipes, while the absolute best cooling performance usually comes from liquid cooled solutions. Aftermarket CPU coolers often come with larger fans which have higher airflow, higher static pressure, and lower noise levels. Finally, some high end processors do not have a CPU cooler included as power users tend to upgrade these anyways.

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Customer Review of AMD Athlon II X3 460 Triple Core Processor Socket AM3 3.40GHZ 1.5MB L2 Cache 95W Retail Box

John_C
12/28/12
Experience: 6 Days
Summary
It's quite good the price is a bit much over the locked version but it does give a pretty good speed boost when overclock. » Read More About AMD Athlon II X3 460

Customer Review of AMD Athlon II x3 450 Triple Core Processor AM3 3.2GHZ 1.5MB L2 Cache 95W Retail Box

Kolby_G
08/29/12
Experience: 10 Days
 Verified Owner
Summary
Bought it for a cheap web server, seems to perform fairly well. Hits about 45c max running prime 95, in a 2u case with server fans however. Overall its a fairly good cpu for a budget build, i bought it right before the price drop  though, damn. » Read More About AMD Athlon II x3 450

Customer Review of AMD Phenom II X3 B73 2.8GHZ Socket AM3 Triple Core OEM Processor

Wizzo
07/25/12
Experience: 3 Weeks
 Verified Owner
Summary
Great CPU. Bought for a basic budget PC for someone, and was able to handle Skyrim and Diablo III modestly (with an XFX GeForce 9600 GSO). Even with a pretty basic fan, CPU never ran too hot. Worth purchasing. » Read More About AMD Phenom II X3 B73

Customer Review of AMD Athlon II X3 455 Triple Core Processor

Wilkin_T
03/29/12
Experience: 1 Months
 Verified Owner
Summary
great little powerhouse. oc'd to a x4 b55 (non exsistant) but it is really cool. » Read More About AMD Athlon II X3 455

Customer Review of AMD Athlon II X3 405E Triple Core Energy Efficient Processor AM3 2.3GHZ 1.5MB Cache 45W Retail Box

Alexander_D
02/22/12
Experience: 11 Months
Summary
I did not purchase this cpu for gaming, however I did subsequently add a good videocard to it and I was playing Deus Ex Human Revolution on 1280 by 1024 with high settings and it ran great. I have never tried to overclock or unlock a core. It's running... » Read More About AMD Athlon II X3 405E


 
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