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 Kaby Lake Processors

These 7th Generation Intel Core dual-core processors are much faster than the cheaper Celeron and Pentium models thanks to having more cache memory and support for Hyper-Threading which enables them to process up to four threads at a time. Due to their higher frequency and larger cache Core i3's are much faster than Pentiums, and are the cheapest CPU we recommend for a more intensive tasks such as gaming and image editing.

Please note: In order to use an Intel 100 Series Motherboard with these 7th Gen. CPUs, you will need to ensure the motherboard is running the latest BIOS version before installing the CPU.

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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 1151 Kaby Lake Processors

These 7th Generation Intel Core CPUs are the most affordable quad-core Intel processors. Intel Core i5 CPUs provide a significant speed up in games and multimedia applications such as image and video editing, making them a great choice for gamers and creative professionals.

Please note: In order to use an Intel 100 Series Motherboard with these 7th Gen. CPUs, you will need to ensure the motherboard is running the latest BIOS version before installing the CPU.

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Intel Core i7 Socket 1151 Kaby Lake Processors

These Intel 7th Generation Core quad-core processors have more cache memory than the Core i5s and also support Hyper-Threading, allowing them to work on up to eight threads simultaneously. A Core i7 is the ideal choice for a high-end PC and is much faster than a Core i5 when it comes to rendering videos and multi-threaded calculations.

Please note: In order to use an Intel 100 Series Motherboard with these 7th Gen. CPUs, you will need to ensure the motherboard is running the latest BIOS version before installing the CPU.

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Intel Pentium Socket 1151 Kaby Lake Processors

These Intel 7th Generation Core processors offer increased performance over Celeron processors. The range of Pentium processors supports Hyper-Threading technology, allowing these dual-core CPUs to process four threads simultaneously. While these are much more capable than Celeron processors, Pentium CPUs run at much lower clock frequency than Core i3 processors, so aren't suitable for heavier workloads.

Please note: In order to use an Intel 100 Series Motherboard with these 7th Gen. CPUs, you will need to ensure the motherboard is running the latest BIOS version before installing the CPU.

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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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