How to select Right CPU
A computer needs compatible parts for it to work properly. Failure to use compatible parts can result in the computer does not work. The main components that need to work together is the motherboard, central processing unit (CPU) and random access memory (RAM). You can select all the other components based on what is available on the motherboard.
1. Select a CPU.
The CPU will determine what type of motherboard you can get, which in turn determines the number of other components. The two aspects of the CPU, which are the most important in terms of compatibility are the socket and the front side bus speed. The socket is the physical interface between the CPU and the motherboard. The front side bus speed is the speed at which information is transferred between the CPU and the motherboard.
2. Select the motherboard to choose a card that matches the CPU socket and front side bus speed.
The motherboard size does not matter as long as it fits in with the case.
3. Select the case.
Choose a case that can fit the motherboard and accommodate all other components of the computer you want to build. Make sure there is enough space for airflow. If the components are very tight together, they can overheat.
4. Select the RAM.
The motherboard requires specific types of speeds and RAM memory sizes. Consult your motherboard manual for RAM compatible sizes and speeds. Many manuals list motherboards RAM that has been verified and tested.
5. Select units.
The hard drive (s) and drive (s) disk must use a connector that is compatible with the motherboard. The connectors can be IDE or SATA. The motherboard can have two types of connectors, but if you have SATA, use it instead of IDE, because of a faster transfer rate than IDE.
6. Select the video card and sound card.
The types of cards used depend on what type of connector available on the motherboard. Many cards now use PCI-X interfaces, then you need to make sure your motherboard has enough of these available slots.
7. Select the power supply, choosing one that can accommodate all the components in the computer.
Some video cards use the special power PCI-X. If this is the case, the power supply must have that type of connector for the card to work. Make sure there are enough power connectors from the power supply to turn on all units.