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microprocessor or CPU

This is the most common term for the microprocessor, or the CPU (Central Processing Unit). The processor is the brain of the computer. It is the master regulator in the processing of the computer's data. The quality (speed) of the processor determines how fast the system will run.

The processor is the most expensive component in a computer, with price being determined primarily by speed (700 MHz to 3= GHz) and efficiency. There are two popular manufacturers, AMC and Intel.

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