Processor (CPU)

Any gaming PC needs a powerful CPU to run smoothly. For a gaming machine, it’s one of the main gaming PC components that sets it apart from the rest of your computer, and it’s the silicon soul of your machine.

Currently, AMD and Intel are the two largest producers of CPU processors. Both of these companies provide strong CPUs for gaming, and they’re in fierce competition with one another. As a reminder, it is crucial to know that Intel motherboards and AMD CPUs are incompatible.

In computing terms, cores are the processor’s processing units. The number of cores in today’s CPUs ranges from two to 64, and each processor comprises four to eight cores. Each core can execute a task or cooperate to accomplish a single operation more effectively and make certain software functions quicker.

How many jobs your PC can do at once is determined by how many threads it has. Hyperthreading, which adds an extra thread to each core, is common in current processors, making it basically an additional virtual core.

Gigahertz (GHz) clock speed is a measure of computing speed. As of now, current AAA games can be run with processors at a clock speed of 3.5 to 4.0 GHz. On the other hand, single-thread performance is more critical. Therefore, before overclocking, make sure that your preferred CPU is capable of overclocking and that you intend to monitor your case’s temperature and provide appropriate cooling for your case.