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What is a CPU/Processor?

The CPU (Central Processing Unit), or processor, is fundamentally the brain of your computer, so it should be among your first purchases when building or updating your system. Key factors to consider when buying a CPU include speed and cost, so take into account how you’ll be using your computer. Are you just building or upgrading a basic system? Or maybe you’re a computer enthusiast who plays games and loves outstanding multimedia entertainment?

Whether you need a powerful 64-bit processor, a mighty Pentium 4 or a games-crunching AMD Athlon 64FX-60, TigerDirect has the processor to meet your needs, with one of the world’s largest and most complete selections of both AMD and Intel CPUs of every type.

Because both AMD and Intel are constantly upgrading their products, you should select the fastest, most powerful processor for your budget, so it won’t become obsolete as applications become more complicated and graphics-intensive. If you’re only using your computer for things like web-surfing, email and word processing, though, you can get by with a less expensive yet highly efficient processor such as AMD’s Sempron or Intel’s Celeron.

You’ll want to make sure that the processor you get is compatible with the motherboard you’ll be using in your system. CPU-motherboard compatibility is determined by the type of socket the processor fits into. For example, Socket 754, Socket 939 and Socket 940 are designed to work with AMD processors, while Socket 478 and LGA Socket 775 are for Intel processors.

With its wide selection of CPUs, TigerDirect has the processor that’s right for your system and budget. You’ll also find a complete line of cooling fans to fit every type of processor.

How to Choose a Processor

In this video we cover the basics on How to Choose a Processor (aka CPU aka The Chip). Here are a few distinct CPUs that would be suitable for various types of PC Builds, ranging from the everyday Basic Performance to a High Performance PC.