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2012 Build Your Own PC Components: Processor CPU


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  • Length: 9:43
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  • Posted: 03/02/2009

This lesson is part of the following series:

2012 Build Your Own PC: Components, Install, Setup (27 lessons, $29.70)
2012 Build Your Own PC: Internal Components (10 lessons, $13.86)

In this lesson, we'll cover both Intel and AMD CPU Processors, what features and specs to look for when shopping, and how much you can expect to pay. Whether your are building your first gaming PC yourself, a budget computer, or just interested in learning what goes into a computer these lessons will help you get there.

The processor or CPU is the brains of the computer and does the majority of the PC’s work. There are currently 2 major CPU makers, Intel and AMD. Intel has three families of processor, Celeron at the low end, Pentium in the middle and at the high end, the latest processor family, called Core. AMD also has three product families, Sempron at the low end, Athlon in the middle and Phenom at the top.

Intel and AMD CPU’s require a motherboard made specifically for them. The processor you buy will determine the type of motherboard you need for your system. See the motherboard component lesson coming up next for more on choosing a motherboard

CPU's connect to the motherboard through the cpu socket. Choose socket LGA 775, also called socket T for Intel and socket AM2, or AM2+ for AMD. Intel introduced a new socket type in November of 2008 called LGA1366, or Socket B. This new socket supports the new Core i7 CPU from Intel. AMD will introduce its new CPU socket, the socket AM3 in early 2009. Socket AM3 will support AMDs new CPU family that will compete with Intels Core i7 CPU.

This lesson is part of a comprehensive series of lessons created by Home PC Builder that will guide you through the process of building your computer (from the selection internal and external components through installation and setup).

You can purchase all 27 lessons in the course and save 46%.

For a DVD of this full series, please refer to

The other lessons in this Internal Component series are:
Pt 1/10: Hard Drives -
Pt 2/10: DVD/Blu-Ray -
Pt 3/10: Memory/RAM -
Pt 4/10: Video Card -
Pt 5/10: Sound Card -
Pt 6/10: Modem, Ethernet, Wireless -
Pt 7/10: Processor/CPU - This Lessson
Pt 8/10: Motherboard -
Pt 9/10: Case & PSU -
Pt 10/10: Cooling -

You can buy all 10 internal component lessons as a series and save 30%

This Processor (CPU) component lesson covers

Intel and AMD CPUs:
All three product families from both makers

Performance - Intel vs AMD

Front Side Bus and Interconnects:
Both are explained in simple, easy to understand terms

Multi core, Operating Frequency and Cache size

We cover how much to pay for a CPU depending on your needs

Cooling the CPU- Heatsink and Fan options

Overclocking- Making the CPU run faster than intended to get more speed

The video ends with a summary of features and specifications to look for when buying.

In the installation lessons we’ll go over how to install both Intel and AMD CPU's onto their motherboards (

The supplemental file below contains the complete written information from the video and is available to download after you buy.

Supplementary Files

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  • 09_CPU_comp.rtf 09_CPU_comp.rtf

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Michael Cooper
Michael Cooper
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Hello everyone my name is Michael Cooper & I have been in the computer industry for over 15 years. For the past 8 years I have been making instructional videos showing the average computer user how to build their own computer. I am A+ Certified and a member of the Better Business Bureau.


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