One of the most practical and frequently asked questions should be this. What is a processor? I will be answering these questions in this helpful guide to your processor. Also with many others that come in that package of questions.
When first developing your brain child(custom built computer), it is important to start with the hardware. This is the entirety of a custom built PC.
In laymen terms, just look at the processor and go for the colors and lights later. Let’s begin this helpful guide to your processor and learn exactly what a processor can do.
What is a processor?
The processor in a computer(otherwise known as the CPU) is essentially the brain and evil master mind of the operation. It controls EVERYTHING! The most basic output to the entirety of what makes a computer work.
The Einstein, I mean processor that cues the computer to analyze and comprehend information from the smallest details. This includes:
- surfing the web
- listening to music while editing an art project
- watching youtube
The idea is, the better the processor the more efficient you can be on your computer.
What does a Processor do?
It works kind of like a circle it starts at one point then chooses the best method to get back to that main point! In an instant it sends an instruction that moves through 5 steps.
- Fetching- instructions of command you give
- Decode- instructions are decoded
- Decode- as with the first decode this is more of a double checking phase
- Execute- takes action of the command you have given it
- Write-back- the results come back to you (such as opening google chrome)
Looks fairly simple but an extensive amount of things are happening within milliseconds of you just clicking on google chrome!
Hopeful now know the basic idea and understand what a processor does. That is the idea behind this helpful guide to your processor. Let’s look into some of the specs and break down what all those fancy numbers mean.
When first looking into building a computer it can be frustrating, time consuming, and having the urge of wanting to pull your hair out while going cross eyed trying to find a clue on what to do? Oh, that’s just me then?
The point I’m trying to make is that it takes weeks to search for the right information and find the parts. So here is where I made your life 100 times easier and you get to keep your hair. Let’s have a look.
Processor Number: i7-1065G7
Recommended Customer Price: $426.00 Performance# of Cores: 4
Processor Base Frequency: 1.30 GHz
Max Turbo Frequency: 3.90 GHz
Memory Types: DDR4-3200, LPDDR4-3733
Sockets Supported: FCBGA1526
Keep blinking as the glaze in your eyes will go away and let’s look at all those confusing numbers with letters mixed together! You + beginning steps of article + no headache = happier you.
Keep in mind that this is just a sliver of what you could see when looking into the specs for processors. Imagine all the other PC parts! Stay with me here and I can show you the beginning steps. This will be achieved by breaking down what all of these mean as you learn more about processors.
Seeing as this is the Intel Core i7-1065G7 Processor, it is one of many you can find on the market today! Let’s take a look at each one and later on will be able to better understand what they all mean.
First thing to look at is the processing speed which can be found under (Max Turbo Frequency) as it says 3.90GHz otherwise known as Giga-Hertz.
Then look into the (Processor Base Frequency) which indicates the opposite of Max Turbo Frequency. This is the base amount that it processes in Giga-Hertz. So you can see the limit to the power of the processor you purchase from top to bottom.
These Frequencies show how quickly or not your computer can process things and go through that circle that was discussed earlier. Ultimately, it will speed things up or slow them down when deciding to open 5 youtube windows at a time.
Out of all the computer pieces to build your own custom pc, this is the SMALLEST out of the bunch. So it is very easy to lose or misplace while bringing to life constructing your PC brain infant so be wary!
So now that the essentials of the processor is understandable on what it does, what can it do for your computer? This can possibly effect your decisions down the road when wanting specifics like a graphics card or motherboard.
So to make sure that does not happen. Double check that the processor is compatible with all other computer parts. Otherwise, every part of your computer will throw a fit, and ain’t nobody got time for that!
Zooming in on more at the bottom info when looking at the processor where it says(Sockets Supported). As everyone can see, it says FCBGA1526.
This is the socket that this process MUST HAVE otherwise it will not work with your motherboard. It will end up feeling like trying to put a square block into a circle socket!
This is easy to spot as when purchasing computer parts. They are all specified on the box when shopping in store, or online when looking up the parts.
Now onto the next phase. That is the to find a motherboard that supports this socket type. This is to make sure the computer won’t have a hissy fit when trying to turn it on!
I have a more in-depth article on motherboards and the specs on these so there is a step by step guide on those as well. Those are more confusing when it comes to understanding what parts to be looking for specifically!
Memory(RAM) Processors Best FriendAnother thing to look for is the memory types that this processor supports. It is imperative that we make sure it works in tandem with our hardware.
Right under (memory types) we see DDR4-3200, LPDDR4-3733. Those are the types of memory sticks that should be focused on when purchasing as those will be compatible with the processor.
So linking the motherboard, the processor, and the RAM will be your first step to building your very own PC!
Things to Consider Before Purchasing a Processor
Alright, now that I’ve racked your brain the hard part is now over! The next detail is deciding on what your goal is going to be. This is important when choosing a processor as it should be one of the first computer parts you look at, unless you are more advanced of course.
Pop quiz time! Kidding, kind of.
Because at this very moment there is the need to highlight in bright fluorescent pink marker. This will decide what it is you are looking to do with your computer. Specifically when there is potential to save A LOT of money! Just by focusing on something as simple as your plan for your computer.
This effects how much RAM you want in your computer, and what kind of Graphics card you choose to purchase which I talk more about in my articles, How much RAM does your computer need? and What is a Graphics Card?
This means instead of spending almost 500$ on the processor above, there’s a way to save over 250$ by getting a less powerful processor and use that money on another part for your PC!
The main questions that should asked first are the following:What are you going to be using your custom pc for? Does it involve pictures or art with large files?
Are you in love with having multiple internet browsers open? How much do graphics mean to you when you are gaming?
All of these questions are an important aspect and could effect how your PC runs.
If leaning more towards gaming then the best option is to go with better graphics, it might be very expensive in comparison to say someone just enjoying having 5 google chromes open at once.
This however could be fixed by setting up your PC for overclocking.
Is Over Clocking Good or Bad for Your Processor?
What is overclocking you might ask? Well it might sound alarming for your computer but it’s very minor decision to make.
Simply put, overclocking means making your CPU and memory run at speeds higher than their official speed grade.
Almost all processors have a speed they run at. For example, the above processor runs at a top speed of 3.90GHz. Overclocking the processor would be pushing it to a clock speed higher than 3.90GHz.
This can be done by changing the setting that can be inputted into the BIOS menus. The BIOS menu is available before your computer turns on. This allows you to put the setting to give your processor the overclock ability. It ultimately surpass its natural limits which allows it to do two things: speed up processes and memory use.
To open the Bois menu before fully powering up the computer, it usually has a quick push of the f10 or f12 buttons. Most computers show the corresponding button to push to get into the BOIS menu.
In a nutshell overclocking is good if you plan to put your computer to work, however, being constantly pushed beyond its maxed capacity could have side effects.
If you’re guilty of having multiple windows open at the same time on your computer then listen close, because it will speed up the gears a bit.
One trick to help dampen the harm from overclocking is keeping the PC very cool so the heat doesn’t attack your hardware all at once.
Having the cool atmosphere for your computer will dampen the harm over time, thus increasing its life span and saving you money in the future! This could be from keeping a clean work or gaming space to having a coolant that supports your processor.
Also having the right coolant will effect this but that will be divulged into a separate article!
Then it’s as simple as pushing a button to notify the computer that, Yes I would like to overclock now. It is as easy as telling Siri to play a favorite playlist!
So to make sure that overclocking won’t appear so often, there is a way to make that happen and that’s finding out how many cores the processor has, this can be found in the information from above (Performance #) 4 cores.
This means this processor has four cores. However, this number can increase up to 12 cores.
A good example of this is a CPU only processing a single set of instructions at one time. This is considered as a single-core processor.
If a CPU can process two sets of instructions at a time it is called a dual-core processor; four sets would be considered a quad-core processor. The more cores, the more instructions at a time a computer can handle.
I want to thank you for sticking through and reading A Helpful Guide to Your Processor. This is one of my longer articles but is also calls for it being the main part of a computer. I know it is a lot of information and can be overwhelming. But that is why I have produced this content and to make building a computer a little easier.
I want to make it as painless as possible when going through all the steps of creating your very first custom PC build.
Many articles on here are for you so that you can follow along as we go through each PC part. Mainly so you can learn and achieve your goal of building your very first custom built PC. I have the same passion as you for custom built PC’s!
Writing articles such as “a helpful guide to your processor”, gives me the ability to save you time! There is usually a lot of research that comes with building computers. I look forward to building them with you in the future!
So many tech sites love to throw in all the numbers to make things confusing so that is why Tekchaser is here. I want to make sure you have all the tools to build your computer! Hopefully this Helpful Guide to your Processor has helped.
I hope this answered any questions you have about a processor. If you have any questions about a Helpful Guide to Your Processor please email me at Tekchaser@gmail.com. This is so I can create the best experience for you when building your custom PC.