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Choosing an Intel CPU
The processor is one of the most important parts of any computer. Some processors can even handle graphics processing and display without the need for a dedicated graphics card. Processors are available from two major brands, and while they serve the same purpose, they are not interchangeable. Motherboards require a particular socket in order to use a CPU, and matching a processor to the proper socket is key to component compatibility. While other components such as RAM and data storage help to determine the overall power of your PC, ultimately the CPU is the limiting factor in PC performance. You could have the most powerful graphics card on the market, but if your CPU doesn't match the other components in your build, your performance will always be limited. Intel processors have a wide range of available sockets and chipsets - this makes Intel based systems incredibly customizable and viable for almost any build. Intel CPUs are excellent processors for gaming or streaming because of their robust features and power. Office based machines can also benefit from using Intel processors because of their integrated graphics. While plenty of processors come with integrated graphics, gaming PCs will often include a GPU to achieve better performance. Intel processors' added power also makes them excellent CPUs for gaming but where they truly shine is in streaming and content recording. The dedicated graphical capabilities of CPUs work with other components to provide the highest quality streams and content possible.
When building a computer, finding a compatible CPU and motherboard can be a hassle. CPU Motherboard Combos can help to ease the stress of purchasing components by highlighting compatibility between the two. Another benefit of Intel CPU Motherboard Combos is that they come at a reduced cost, saving you money for other areas of your build. If you have more questions about component compatibility or need some help with your next build, you can always use Micro Center's Custom PC Builder tool or computer build guides available from Micro Center.