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Choosing Your CPU – The Brain Of Your PC

Your CPU is like the brain of your PC, performing actions and running programmes. Therefore, you want to choose the best CPU for you so your PC can run seamlessly and play the latest games in high settings. In this build your own PC blog, we take a look at our range of processors and their respective specifications.

AMD A8 9600 Bristol Ridge 3.1GHz Quad Core CPU – £61.43


The lowest priced, and only AMD CPU in our range, the AMD A8 9600 Bristol Ridge Quad Core CPU is compatible with an AM4 socket and features built in Radeon graphics. Boasting incredible visual experiences, boosted productivity and enhanced multimedia, the AMD Quad Core CPU, is a great value processor that still offers a fast-paced gaming experience.

Intel Core i5-8400 CPU, 1151, 2.8 GHz Coffee Lake – £186.71

i5 8400

This 8th Gen i5 processor is compatible with a 1151 socket and 9MB cache. With memory type DDR4-2133/2400 and featuring Intel’s latest technology, such as Turbo Boost, the Intel Core i5-8400 provides 6 cores and threads on a budget.

Intel Core I5-7500 CPU, 1151, 3.4 GHz Kaby Lake – £201.30

i5 7500

Compatible with a 1151 socket, this 7th Gen i5 processor is VR ready, features ultra HD 4K HDR premium content, 4 threads with hyper-threading technology and Intel Turbo Boost technology so you can perform multiple tasks simultaneously without your CPU slowing you down!

Intel Core I7-7700 CPU 1151 3.6 GHz Kaby Lake – £317.07

i7 7700

With 8MB Cache, 8 threads benefitting from hyper-threading technology, this 7th Gen i7 CPU is compatible with a 1151 socket and features Intel Turbo Boost Technology to ensure your PC runs as efficiently as possible when performing multiple tasks.

Intel Core i7-8700 CPU, 1151, 3.2 GHz Coffee Lake – £326.36

i7 8700

Our most advanced CPU, the intel core i7-8700 benefits from 6 cores, hyper-threading technology, 12MB Cache size and a great VR experience. This high-tech specification is ideal for avid gamers looking to play the latest games in the highest settings.

With the latest, industry-leading processors to choose from, start building your PC today. Alternatively, you can find out more about which processor is best for you here.

Comparing Intel’s Core i3, Core i5 and Core i7 Processors

Intel’s Core i3, i5 and i7 CPUs are dominating the PC market, but, which processor is right for you?

Simply put, a Core i7 is better than an i5, which is better than a Core i3. However, looking into their individual specifications makes matters a lot more complicated.

Number Of Cores and Threads

As you would expect, the Core i7 has more cores than its predecessors, ranging from four to eight cores. Meanwhile, the Core i3 has three cores and the Core i5 have four.

Essentially, the more cores there are, the more data the CPU can handle, and therefore, the more tasks or threads your PC can work on simultaneously.

Intel also have an advanced technology called Hyper Threading that enables each core to serve multiple threads. So, a standard eight Core i7 processor could run sixteen threads simultaneously, a Core i5 processor could run 8 cores simultaneously and a Core i3 processor could run six cores simultaneously.

Unfortunately, older Core i5 CPUs do not support hyper-threading, and therefore, one core can only run one thread. However, newer i5 CPUs, such as the Kaby Lake 7400 CPU, now support hyper-threading. So, if you choose a Core i5 CPU be sure to check the specification to see if it supports this advanced technology.

Overall, the capability of Intel’s Hyper Threading technology to increase threads across all its core processors is key for the avid gamer looking to complete multiple tasks quickly and simultaneously.

Core i7 8700 1050Ti Coffee Lake 8th Gen
Core i7 8700 1050Ti Coffee Lake 8th Gen Gaming PC £799.96

Cache Size

When you use the same data continuously, your CPU stores this data in its cache to help improve the speed at which it can complete tasks. So, the larger the cache size, the better.

The Core i3 has 3-4MB of cache, the Core i5 3-6MB and the Core i7 4-8MB of cache. The Core i7’s far superior cache is ideal for PC users looking to complete repetitive tasks faster.

Core i5 7500 Kaby Lake 7th Gen
Core i5 7500 Kaby Lake 7th Gen Gaming PC 4GB GTX 1050 Ti Windows 10 Pro £660.40.

Clock Speed

At first glance, the Core i3 appears to have a faster clock speed than both the Core i5 and Core i7.

However, unlike the Core i3, the Core i7 and i5 both benefit from Intel’s Turbo Boost technology.

Turbo Boost increases the clock speed of CPUs when you need more power. This dynamic feature means that your CPU can draw less power, and usually produce less heat, by only running at a high speed when it needs to. So, although the Core i3’s base clock speed may appear higher, the Core i5 and i7 actually outperform it once Turbo Boost is taken into account.

Core I3 Gaming PC
Core I3 Gaming PC Computer WiFi 1TB 8GB + 1GB Graphics & Windows 10 Pro £264.99

Comparing Core i3, i5 and i7 CPUs





Turbo Boost


Core i3 2-3 Yes 3-4MB No Low
Core i5 4 No 3-6MB Yes Mid
Core i7 4-8 Yes 4-8MB Yes High


Should I Choose A Core i3, Core i5 or Core i7 PC?

Core i3: They are ideal for browsing the internet, completing day to day tasks and make a great budget PC, ideal for basic home, work and gaming.

Core i5: Offer increased performance still for a relatively low budget price. Ideal for intermediate gamers and users who need a faster running, higher memory CPU.

Core i7: Intel’s best CPU enables you to do more simultaneously in less time, making it ideal for high-end gaming and multimedia tasks.

Whether, you decide on a Core i3, i5 or i7 PC, Expertec stock a great range of Intel PC’s, starting from just £264.99. So, what are you waiting for? Shop online today for a great gaming experience

Ryzen vs Intel Processors

For years, Intel processors have dominated the PC market, but, thanks to AMD’s Ryzen processors, this could be about to change. Here, we consider some of the main benefits and pitfalls of Ryzen in comparison to Intel.

Cores and Threads

A thread is a sequence of related instructions, and most modern CPUs can manage two threads per core. The Ryzen 3 1200 starts with four cores and four threads, the Ryzen 5 1600X is a 6-core, 12-thread processor, while the Ryzen 7 series at the top of the scale features 8 cores with 16 threads.

All of the above Ryzen processors rival the number of threads and cores featured in Intel’s CPU’s, however, Intel have focused on improving the speed of their cores rather than the number.

So, what does this mean for gamers and PC users?

Gaming vs Surfing

Despite having more cores and threads, Intel keep improving the speed of their cores meaning Intel’s CPUs deliver higher frame rates than the new Ryzen processors, and, higher frame rates are currently better for games, meaning Intel’s Core i5 or i7 still dominate the gaming world.

However, for those looking to game whilst also surfing the web, streaming and creating content, then the new Ryzen processors offer improved performance compared to Intel’s CPUs, meaning the real results are dependent on what you use your PC for, and where you’d like optimum performance and speed.

Efficiency and Price

Ryzen CPU’s function with lower power consumption and cooler temperatures, meaning your PC can run more efficiently and economically.

Adding to this, most Ryzen processors are cheaper than Intel’s alternatives, while Ryzen’s new products have resulted in Intel slashing some of their prices to compete with a more competitive market.

Whether you prefer Intel or Ryzen, this added competition from Ryzen’s new CPU’s is likely to result in lower prices, new, advanced CPU’s and a more exciting gaming market competing to produce the best hardware to take gamers to another world.

Ryzen 5 1600X Gaming PC Windows 10 Pro £799.96
Ryzen 5 1600X Gaming PC Windows 10 Pro £799.96

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