How to Select the Best CPU for Your Gaming PC

How to Select the Best CPU for Your Gaming PC

Whether you’re constructing a whole new, super-duper gaming machine or updating the PC you’re already playing Fortnite on, the central processing unit (CPU) will make a significant impact in overall performance. A new CPU will make your system considerably more responsive in-game, reducing those short periods of stuttering that may interrupt otherwise smooth gaming. But, before you go out and drop a lot of cash on that shiny new computer brain, there are a few things to think about and keep in mind to ensure you make the best possible purchase. So, let me offer you some pointers on selecting the best CPU for your gaming PC.

Which CPU Brand Should I Buy?

Currently, AMD and Intel are the two biggest brands in the CPU industry. Although there are tech experts on both sides of the aisle who claim that one firm produces somewhat better chips than the other, in reality, both companies create excellent next-generation CPUs. So it basically comes down to your brand loyalty or what your friends persuade you to purchase. I’ve had several gaming setups over the years that used both companies’ chips, and I’ve never had any problems or seen anything that would lead me to favor one over the other.

What About Overclocking My Processor?

Overclocking is the process of pushing a CPU to its absolute boundaries by forcing it to operate at rates that surpass its regular specifications. Overclocking is a fantastic method to get more frames and frags out of a gaming session, but there are some disadvantages to the process. To begin, you must understand what you are doing, otherwise, you risk crashing your system or, worse, pushing too much power into your CPU and frying something. If you overclock, you’ll also need a very good cooling system in your setup to absorb all of the additional heat produced by overclocking. If you’re in the market for a new PC, you may also spend a few more dollars for a gaming setup with an overclocked CPU.

How Many Cores Do I Require?

Cores are essentially processors inside processors. Current CPUs feature anything from two to 32 cores, with the majority of processors having four to eight. Each core is capable of conducting its own duties while the others do the same. Unless you have a very limited budget or desire a very sluggish computer, you should have at least four cores. However, clock speed is more essential than core count in the end, since greater clock rates equate to considerably better performance for your gaming machine.

Also, depending on the situation—whether you are updating an old system or constructing a new gaming computer—there are a few things to consider.

Upgrading the CPU in Your PC

If you’re tired of your existing gaming rig’s poor performance in newer games, it’s probably time to update your PC’s components. Aside from a new graphics card, a new CPU will offer you the power increase you need to process the data and create excellent gaming performance once again. However, since you already have a motherboard, you will need to buy a CPU that is compatible and has the correct socket type. Of course, if you were ambitious, had the technical know-how to reconfigure your whole rig, and, of course, the money for it all, you could just purchase a new and better motherboard.

Purchasing a CPU for a New Computer Construction

If you’re constructing a new super gaming computer (ideally more powerful than your old one), you’ll need to be sure that the motherboard you purchase is compatible with your new CPU. You’ll also have to pick between AMD and Intel, which will affect the remainder of your setup and what you purchase.

For a CPU, Should I Go With AMD or Intel?

Until around a year or two ago, Intel was the obvious choice. However, AMD has recently improved its game, and you can completely depend on the company’s current batch of CPUs. Many tech experts still believe that Intel has a small advantage over AMD due to more durable and quicker processors. But, unless you have a strong brand allegiance to either AMD or Intel as a business, you may go with either for your new build.

For your information, AMD and Intel now provide three CPU tiers, ranging from the Ryzen 3/Core i3 through the Ryzen 5/Core i5 and the Ryzen 7/Core i7. For gaming, they are classified as excellent, fantastic, and amazing. If you have the money, Intel also offers i9 core CPUs.

Another point to bear in mind is that AMD often supports backwards compatibility, while Intel does not. That implies you should be able to use a first-generation Ryzen processor in a second-generation or potentially third-generation Ryzen motherboard with a BIOS update, and vice versa. However, whereas AMD does this by using a single socket for its CPUs, Intel’s processors may vary in pin count and power requirements. Simply ensure that you purchase the most recent or finest version of CPU (and motherboard) that you can afford. It will make a difference later, so think about future-proofing your new home.

Finally, Consider

A new CPU will have a significant impact on your gameplay, whether you are constructing a new gaming setup to become a gaming god or just updating your existing rig to keep up with current graphics demands without breaking the bank. However, you must select carefully if you want your rig to endure. You must evaluate what you play, what you need, what kind of system you have or desire, and your budget. It’s a lot to think about, but it’ll be worth it when you’re knee deep in your opponents’ digital corpses.


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