CPU - Intel

The CPU is the central processing unit, literally the central component in a computer. It's responsible for processing instructions and controlling the other components. Many include basic on-board graphics processors too so you can power a display without needing a separate graphics card. Intel and AMD rule the desktop processor market, and each has a wide range of models suited to different tasks and budgets. Low-end, dual-core chips can be had for £25 or even less, but are only well matched to basic tasks, while the high-end is home to multi-core, high frequency monsters that can tear through the world's most intensive software. Before buying, ensure you've got a compatible motherboard and a cooler that can take the heat.

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CPU Warranty & Insurance Packages

Mishaps with computers can happen. Take the stress out of this scenario by purchasing an extended warranty which will give you piece of mind that you are covered in case of any unfortunate accidents or damage occurring.

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Intel Celeron Socket 1150 Haswell Processors

Intel's most affordable desktop processors are found in the Celeron family. They're priced below £50, yet still pack in two cores that use Intel's 4th Generation Core architecture know as Haswell, as well as Intel HD Graphics so you can run your displays without a discrete graphics card. While they're not suitable for gaming, and lack higher-end features such as Intel Hyper-Threading, they can be used to build a modest PC suitable for casual work environments and entertainment. PLEASE NOTE : If you intend on using a Haswell Refresh chip on a 8 series motherboard, you will need a BIOS update for the chip to be compatible.

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Intel Core i3 Socket 1150 Haswel Processors

Using Intel’s 4th Generation Core architecture, code-named Haswell, the Core i3 is where things really get going for performance computing. These dual-core processors can provide the basis for a potent, affordable machine, and, if you want to dabble in PC gaming, can happily provide the performance a discrete graphics card needs. And with Intel’s Hyper-Threading technology allowing the Core i3 to mimic quad-core processing they are an incredibly versatile, great value option for your PC. PLEASE NOTE : If you intend on using a Haswell Refresh chip on a 8 series motherboard, you will need a BIOS update for the chip to be compatible. 23/12/14

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Intel Core i3 Socket 1151 Skylake Processors

Intel Core i3 dual-core processors are the most affordable Intel processors with Hyper-Threading, meaning they can process four threads simultaneously, given them a real speed boost when running more complex applications or multitasking.

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Intel Core i5 Socket 1150 Haswell Mobile Processors

These Core i5 Haswell processors are for upgrading laptops that use the G3 socket. As this socket was introduced with Haswell, only current-generation laptops are viable for upgrade, but the shared 37W power requirement of all G3 based CPUs in the Core i5 family or below means slower laptops won't overheat when upgrading to Core i5, but will be faster.

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Intel Core i5 Socket 1150 Haswell Processors

There is no messing around with Intel’s latest Core i5 range - they are hands-down the best-value, high-performance processors you can buy. They may sit in the middle of Intel’s 4th Generation Core range, but the Core i5 can deliver high-end, quad-core performance at seriously high frequencies. The Core i5 is also a fantastically versatile processor too, with a wide range of options on offer from the super-low powered i5 4590T to the highly coveted, overclockable Devil’s Canyon i5 4690K. PLEASE NOTE : If you intend on using a Haswell Refresh chip on a 8 series motherboard, you will need a BIOS update for the chip to be compatible.

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Intel Core i5 Socket 1151 Skylake Processors

The Intel® Core™ i5 6000-series processors are based on the new architecture codenamed Skylake. The 6th Gen Intel processors support Intel® Turbo Boost Technology which gives you an extra boost and increases processor frequency when you need it most. Choose a 'K' SKU, which can be easily overclocked for even greater performance.

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Intel Core i7 Socket 1150 Haswell Processors

The Core i7 is the king of Intel’s 4th Generation Core processors and packs in all of the CPU giant’s advanced processor technology. The 22nm Core i7 packs in both Hyper-Threading and Turbo mode, boosting its four cores up to a full eight threads of processing power and dynamically overclocking its clockspeed when more CPU speed is needed. The Core i7 also has two overclockable K-series models, with the latest Devil’s Canyon i7 4790K having the highest base clock of any Intel CPU. PLEASE NOTE : If you intend on using a Haswell Refresh chip on a 8 series motherboard, you will need a BIOS update for the chip to be compatible.

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Intel Core i7 Socket 1151 Skylake Processors

The Intel® Core™ i7 6000-series processors are based on the new architecture codenamed Skylake. The 6th Gen Intel processors support Intel® Turbo Boost Technology which gives you an extra boost and increases processor frequency when you need it most. Choose a 'K' SKU, which can be easily overclocked for even greater performance.

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Intel Core i7 Socket 2011-3 Haswell Extreme Processors

The Core i7 is the top of Intel’s CPU range and its Extreme Edition processors are the most advanced consumer chips that you can buy. They share their DNA with the most advanced server chips on the market and, together with the supremely powerful X99 platform, the Haswell E processors are the first to offer the latest DDR4 memory technology in a home computer. The Core i7 Haswell E range also houses the first eight-core, sixteen-thread consumer CPU as well as the most-affordable six-core chip Intel has ever produced.

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Intel Pentium Socket 1150 Haswell Processors

Intel's Pentium processors are powered by the firm's latest Haswell architecture. They feature two cores but typically with a little more processing power than the Celeron chips, though they're still best suited to everyday computing tasks – for more intensive ones, you'll need to turn to the Core family. The on-board graphics can handle video playback but for serious gaming a discrete graphics card is a must. PLEASE NOTE : If you intend on using a Haswell Refresh chip on a 8 series motherboard, you will need a BIOS update for the chip to be compatible.

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Intel Pentium Socket 1151 Skylake Processors

Choose an Intel Pentium processor for solid performance at a low price. These dual-core CPUs are ideal for basic computing tasks such as home and office applications or casual gaming.

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Intel Xeon E3 1200 v3 Socket 1150 Haswell Processors

These Intel Xeon processors are designed for entry-level workstations and servers. With support for dual-channel DDR3 memory only, the ones for the LGA1150 socket are considered entry-level, but as quad-core Haswell parts they still have plenty of performance on tap, with many supporting Intel Hyper-Threading too. They can only be used in single CPU workstations but are competitively priced and target smaller businesses that don't want or need the power of more expensive, dual-processor systems.

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Intel Xeon E5 1600 v4 Socket 2011 Broadwell EP Processors

These Xeon E5 1600 v4 processors are Intel's latest and greatest efforts for the workstation and server market. The pricing reflects that, but so do the specifications. These CPUs have between four and 8 cores that use Intel's Broadwell EP architecture, and also support quad-channel DDR4 memory. Unlike the E5-2600 v4 CPUs which can be used in dual-processor set-ups for even more performance you can only install a single E5-1600 v4 processor per system.

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Intel Xeon E5 2600 Socket 2011 Sandy Bridge EP Processors

These Xeon E5 2600 processors are designed for the workstation and server market. The pricing reflects that, but so do the specifications. These CPUs have between 2 and 8 cores that use Intel's Sandy Bridge EP architecture, and also support quad-channel DDR3 memory. The E5-1600 family are designed for single CPU systems, while the E5-2600 CPUs can all be used in dual-processor set-ups for even more performance.

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Intel Xeon E5 2600 v2 Socket 2011 Ivy Bridge EP Processors

These Xeon E5 2600 v2 processors are designed for the workstation and server market. The pricing reflects that, but so do the specifications. These CPUs have between 2 and 12 cores that use Intel's Ivy Bridge EP architecture, and also support quad-channel DDR3 memory. The E5-1600 v2 family are designed for single CPU systems, while the E5-2600 v2 CPUs can all be used in dual-processor set-ups for even more performance.

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Intel Xeon E5 2600 v3 Socket 2011 Haswell EP Processors

These Xeon E5 2600 v3 processors are designed for the workstation and server market. The pricing reflects that, but so do the specifications. These CPUs have between four and 18 cores that use Intel's Haswell EP architecture, and also support quad-channel DDR4 memory. The E5-1600 v3 family are designed for single CPU systems, while the E5-2600 v3 CPUs can all be used in dual-processor set-ups for even more performance.

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Intel Xeon E5 2600 v4 Socket 2011 Broadwell EP Processors

These Xeon E5 2600 v4 processors are Intel's latest and greatest efforts for the workstation and server market. The pricing reflects that, but so do the specifications. These CPUs have between four and 22 cores that use Intel's Broadwell EP architecture, and also support quad-channel DDR4 memory. The E5-2600 v4 CPUs can all be used in dual-processor set-ups for even more performance.

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Intel Xeon Phi Server Coprocessors

Using Intel's Many Integrated Core architecture, these coprocessor add-in cards are used to increase processing power in high-performance computing and workstation environments via a PCI-E slot. They combine up to 61 cores in parallel and are very effective at handling intensely multi-threaded specialist workloads such as those used in weather or financial analysis.

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Intel Xeon X5xx Socket 771 Harpertown Processors

The Intel® Xeon™ Processor is designed for dual-processor server and workstation platforms. Featuring innovative technologies such as the Intel® Netburst™ Micro architecture, and Hyper-Threading Technology, Intel Xeon processor-based systems offer outstanding platform dependability, value and versatility. The Intel Xeon processor MP features Hyper-Threading technology, Integrated Three-Level cache architecture and Intel® NetBurst™ Micro architecture to provide versatility, performance, value and dependability for today's server platforms.

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