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.

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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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 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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