A central processing unit, or CPU, is the heart of your computer. Its specifications let you know precisely what your PC can accomplish. There are many types of CPUs to consider, so how do you know which is best for you? Let's go over some key points to consider when choosing the CPU for your system. What is your use case? Knowing what you will be doing with your CPU is the first step to take before deciding what type of CPU to purchase. This is an important step because there are different price points for different uses. For instance, someone who just uses their PC for basic tasks is going to need a different CPU than someone who is into PC gaming. The same also holds true for those who are into streaming vs. those into heavy editing. Prices can range from just over $100 to well over $1,000! Know your specifications Specifications are the characteristics that inform you of everything the CPU can do. The specs can tell you how fast the CPU operates, how hot the component can run and other vital information, such as if the chip has dedicated graphics. Things to look for are: core count, clock speed, threads, cache, and what generation your CPU is. AMD vs Intel Both Intel and AMD have their strengths and weaknesses. Intel is a reliable company that has been known for creating top-tier CPUs for years now. In fact, they are often regarded as the \u201cpremium\u201d company that people with higher budgets would turn to for additional performance. In recent years, AMD has not only closed the gap but surpassed Intel in performance. The jockeying back and forth will continue but keep in mind that you want to match Intel motherboard with an Intel CPU and the same with AMD. Overclocking Another thing you will want to consider if you are looking for the right CPU for your needs is whether you want to have the ability to overclock. Overclocking allows you to \u201cturn-up\u201d the speed on your processor, which can help you gain more performance. For most users, overclocking is not something that will be necessary. However, if you are going to be doing more CPU intensive work, a CPU capable of overclocking would be beneficial. General Technics has over 40 years experience in helping customers find the best fit for their needs. We are here to help with any questions you may have.