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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.

Top 10 most popular CPUs / Processors

  Description Avail Price
AMD RYZEN 5 1600X Processor 4.0/3.6GHZ 6 Core 12 Thread 95W TDP AM4 Retail Box *No HSF
In Stock $364.88
AMD RYZEN 5 1500X Processor 3.7/3.5GHZ 4 Core 8 Thread 65W TDP AM4 Retail Box w/ Wraith Spire Cooler
*** $279.99
AMD FX-8320 8 Core 3.5/4.0GHZ Processor AM3+ 16MB Cache 125W Retail Box
*** $229.99
AMD RYZEN 3 1200 Processor 3.1/3.4GHZ 4 Core 4 Thread 65W TDP AM4 w/ Wraith Stealth Cooler
Back Order
*** $151.11
AMD FX-6300 Six Core 3.5/4.1GHZ Processor AM3+ 14MB Cache 95W Retail Box
*** $159.99
AMD RYZEN Threadripper 1950X Processor 4.0GHZ 16 Core 32 Thread 180W TDP TR4 40MB Cache *No HSF
Back Order
*** $1,449.99
AMD RYZEN 7 1700 Processor 3.7/3.0GHZ 8 Core 16 Thread 65W TDP AM4 Retail Box w/ Wraith Spire Cooler
*** $449.99
AMD RYZEN 5 1600 Processor 3.6/3.2GHZ 6 Core 12 Thread 65W TDP AM4 Retail Box w/ Wraith Spire Cooler
*** $319.99
AMD RYZEN 7 1800X Processor 4.0/3.6GHZ 8 Core 16 Thread 95W TDP AM4 Retail Box *No HSF
*** $689.99
AMD RYZEN 7 1700X Processor 3.8/3.4GHZ 8 Core 16 Thread 95W TDP AM4 Retail Box *No HSF
*** $569.99

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Top 5 most recent reviews on CPUs / Processors

Customer Review of AMD FX-8350 8 Core 4.0/4.2 GHz Processor AM3+ 16MB Cache 125W Retail Box

Experience: 3 Years
This cpu is one of my best purchases during the last few years, it's very stable, reliable and fast enough for most of the daily tasks, I am using it on daily basis non-stop for 3 years and it's still running like charm. » Read More About AMD FX-8350 8 Core 4.0/4.2

Customer Review of INTEL® CORE™ I5-7640X Processor (6M Cache Up to 4.20 GHz) FC-LGA14B Retail Box

Experience: 2 Months
 Verified Owner
I originally got this CPU because it was a deal and i wanted to build a mid range budget PC. I did not do my homework properly and got a CPU in the class that it seems everyone hates. After building my PC, I realized that the X series are 100% unlocked and y... » Read More About INTEL® CORE™ I5-7640X Processor (6M

Customer Review of INTEL® CORE™ I7-7700K Processor 8M Cache 4 Cores 4.2GHZ Up to 4.5GHZ FC-LGA14C Retail Box Kaby Lake

Experience: 7 Months
Excellent CPU all together nothing bad to say about it plays all new games below 100% threshold and all in all that's all you really need. » Read More About INTEL® CORE™ I7-7700K Processor 8M

Customer Review of INTEL® CORE™ i9-7900X 10 Cores 20 Threads Processor (13.75M Cache Up to 4.30 GHz) LGA2066

Experience: 6 Days
1st off the price is high but the performance and quality are great. The choice btwn Intel and AMD is difficult at this level; I trusted the testing and 3rd party article from PC world to guide me. There is a couple great articles of Intel I9 vs AMD Threadri... » Read More About INTEL® CORE™ i9-7900X 10 Cores

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