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Best CPU Processors

Updated November 2018
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    The CPU is the heart of your computer, so it’s important to choose one that has all the specifications you need. CPU processors these days are usually dual-core or quad-core so that they can handle multiple tasks at once. Intel and AMD are the main processor chip manufacturers with AMD allowing you to “overclock” the CPU. Processor speeds range anywhere from 1 GHz to 4.5 GHz, though most are between 1.8 and 3.9 GHz. If your computer needs are simple with mostly word processing, web browsing, and email, a dual-core processor that runs at least 1.8 GHz is sufficient. For more intense activities like movie-watching and gaming, four or six cores and a processing speed of 3.5 GHz or higher is a better choice.

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