How did I choose my processor? Well.. This is still an arguable and ground breaking issue;) Before choosing any device we should actually make a list of all our requirements. And processor comparison should be done. Only then we need to go further. Also, I made a list of specifications which we actually should consider before buying any processor out there..
Before we get to the list, think for an answer to this question,
why we need a processor? and what is a processor to a computer?
Processor is like a brain to a computer. Processor or the CPU(Central Processing Unit) processes the instructions given to the computer and is measured GHz. Those many gigs per second!!! And that’s called “clock speed”…
Also there is so much debate going on between INTEL and AMD processors, two of the most leading companies to make processors. Whatever may be the company is, basic specifications specified in the list below doesn’t change.
Here’s the list I made and followed to choose a perfect processor. Here we go…
->Number of cores (multi-core)
->32 bit or 64 bit? How to choose?
Number of cores (multi-core):
We are so much familiar with the words single core, dual core, quad core etc.. Dual core has two single cores and quad core has four single cores. I made an example to easily understand the meaning and working of cores. Assume one single core as one cup, a dual core as two cups. If an instruction is given to the computer, in this for example: Instruction: Fetch a cup of water to “A”. In order to perform that instruction, we need only one cup to serve water to “A”.
Then, what is the use of having two cups( 2 core or dual core) and even four cup (4 cores or quad core)??
Well.. If the given instruction is to serve one cup of water to “A” as well as “B”, then if you have only one cup(one core), that one cup is used to serve “A”. “B” is served with water after serving “A”. If we have two cups(dual core), we can serve both “A” and “B” at the same time using two cups or two cores at a time to perform two instructions at a time.
So, this shows that 2 GHz dual core is not equal to a 4 GHz single core in performance. All this means is that you have two 2 GHz cores working for you instead of one.
Also more cores consume more power, with which it also generate more heat. So, I suggest you to think about the cores you need, keeping in mind the consequences;)
If you ask what do I use, I use Intel core i5 processor @ 2.5GHz
32 bit or 64 bit? How to choose?
I use 64 bit. What is it with 32 bit and 64 bit? The 32 bit or 64 bit is actually the size of the register and 2^32 = 4GB or 2^64=8GB of memory respectively. That’s the memory a processor can access at the time of operation… Damn! That’s a lot of memory and a very large difference ;);)
Here’s the thing, the software that support 32 bit can run on both 32 bit and 64 bit processor. But, the reverse is not possible software that support 64 bit cannot run on 32 bit.
So, here’s my suggestion. If you are a minimal user and want a PC to browse the internet, write notes and all, go for Intel core I3 and maybe a 4GB RAM is good to go.
For consuming media, gaming and for a smoother performance go for Intel core i5 processor with, may be 8GB RAM.
For professionals, there is no need to suggest, because they are already professionals right! Anyways the people who are into video editing or high level gaming and all go for Intel core i7 processor and may be with 8GB of RAM or even higher… Again before getting a processor, processor comparison should be done according to your requirements.