AMD has won enthusiasts over with its Zen 3 architecture, and if you're building a new PC, it deserves strong consideration—Zen is a mature architecture at this point, as are the accompanying X570 and B550 chipsets. Stock has been somewhat of an issue, though the Ryzen 7 5800X (opens in new tab) has been a lot easier to find than the Ryzen 9 parts. It's even been prone to discounts, including right now.
Amazon is selling the Ryzen 7 5800X for $397.99, which is $51.01 below its list price. It's actually dipped down to that price fairly often over the past few weeks, so perhaps we are looking at a permanent price drop (time will tell). Either way, you're getting a capable Zen 3 CPU for below MSRP.
AMD Ryzen 7 5800X | 8 Cores | 16 Threads | 3.8GHz to 4.7GHz |
$449 $397.99 at Amazon (save $51.01) (opens in new tab)
This is a great mid-range CPU based on AMD's latest generation Zen 3 architecture. You could build a fast PC for both work and play around the Ryzen 7 5800X.
The 5800X is one of the best CPUs for gaming (opens in new tab), and ideally suited for a mid-range setup. It is an 8-core/16-thread part with a 3.8GHz base clock, 4.7GHz max boost clock, and 32MB of L3 cache. A great all-around workhorse, it can power both your gaming and productivity needs with aplomb.
Motherboards based on AMD's X570 chipset typically start at around $130. MSI's MPG X570 Gaming Edge WiFi is on sale at Newegg for $119.99 after rebate (opens in new tab) (down from $159.99), or another option is ASRock's B550M Pro4, on sale for $89.99 (opens in new tab) (down from $114.99), if you're looking to piece together a micro ATX build (and stay around $100). Being a mature platform, you won't find a lack of motherboard options.
Hopefully you already own a GPU, because otherwise building a new PC from the ground up is a tough task. If you do, the 5800X, while not the sexiest Zen 3 of the bunch, makes for a great mid-range foundation.