Whether you’re upgrading your system or building one from the scratch, the most important component that has to be focussed on is the processor, which is also called the “brain” of the computer. It is called the brain because it is responsible for the efficiency of the system—it doesn’t matter whether you’re working on a Word document or playing high-end games, processor is the one to decide the performance level with which you can carry out the job.
Of course, when you are in the market to choose the processor for your system, there are chances of confusion, as to which one to go for. However, it is not as difficult as it seems to be, if you know your needs. Once you know what your needs are, you will be able to choose the right processor for the right price.
Purpose of Your System:
Why do you need the system for? Answer to this question and a bigger part of the problem will be solved. Know whether your computer is for working with spread sheets or web browsing or connecting to a corporate via a VPN connection or playing killer games. If the need is working with the Office suite, then I would suggest you not to invest more on processor, as you do not need a high end processor.
Observe The Usage Pattern Closely:
A typical belief is that users with office jobs do not need an extremely speedy processor, but a user involved in photo editing needs a beefy one. I don’t agree! What if the office user has opened a word document for editing, several browser windows open, referring few Acrobat files and developing a power point presentation, all at the same time? In such a case, a powerful processor is needed. So, it is not the kind of application that matters in choosing the processor, but the usage pattern does.
Consider The Background Tasks:
There are certain tasks that are needed to run continuously and few others do not need to run every time. So, those tasks or processors can be ended using the task manager. These processes consume many cycles of the processor that should be considered, while buying your processor.
Look Out for The Number of Cores:
Commonly used cores vary from 2 to 6 cores, be it an AMD processor or an Intel processor. More the number of cores, costlier it is. If you’re into the use of intensive software, then you may need processor with more number of cores. For example, if you’re into intensive jobs like photo or video editing, it is wiser to go with a processor that has more cores. Also, it is advised to avoid single core chip despite of its availability in the market.
Figuring out the needs will let you track the potential processor of your kind, which will fit into the budget too.