At the heart of every good gaming system is a CPU capable of juggling a lot of numbers in a short space of time. As much as the GPU attracts all the plaudits, the CPU often has a crucial role to play in simulating physics and AI. And in database-driven games like Football Manager, it’s the star player.
If you’re looking to boost your computer’s performance, installing a faster Intel processor is a sure-fire way of taking your PC to the next level. Generally, it’s a far cheaper option than buying a whole new system and it’s a double bonus if you enjoy tinkering with a computer’s internals.
If you’re putting together a machine on a budget, whether it’s for playing low-intensity games or for general browsing and office use, it makes sense to start with the CPU. Once you’ve decided which CPU you’re going with, you’ll be free to select a motherboard, RAM and graphics card to match.
If you’re on a budget or just tired of Intel processors and looking for a change then an AMD processor is an excellent choice. AMD has become a very good option for solid processors at a reasonable price, but searching for the best one for your rig can be a bit of a task.