The first decision is selecting the C
You have (basically
) two choices of CPUs AMD
. This instructable will not discuss alternate CPUs because buying motherboards for other architectures is much more unique and much harder to find parts.
A CPU contains billions of transistors and a lot of time and effort went into the creation of the central processor. Therefore the CPU is often the most expensive part of the computer. It is the brain of the computer where all the computations are done. Faster or more powerful CPUs are more expensive.
of picking out your own CPU is you get to decide what features you want to pay for. Some may want to do some virutalization, others may want to overclock a CPU to get extra speed out of it, while others may want to buy a CPU for lower power consumption. AMD
Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) is a manufacturer of processors for the consumer market. AMD makes processors that are compatible with the x86 architecture. Intel
The Intel corporation is another manufacturer of processors for the consumer market. Intel is the inventor of the x86 architecture.
Both companies make a wide range of different processors that compete very closely with each other. Each year the processors get smaller, faster and have more features. The companies focus on different processor features to differentiate themselves from the competition including cores, cache, and speed. Socket type
The CPU will connect to the motherboard in what is called a CPU socket
. A motherboard will only have one type of socket so selecting the CPU will help limit the choices of motherboards. Select a processor with the features that are important for the anticipated use of the computer.
Once you have a CPU selected note the socket type. The type will be needed when looking at motherboards that will work with the CPU.