CPUs are the beating heart of any PC build: they shoulder most of the work your computer does, be it gaming, video editing, or multi-tasking between apps. They’re understandably pricey as a result, so we’ve rooted out the best CPU deals of the week to save you money. After all, spending less on a processor leaves more for other parts, like one of the best graphics cards available.
Best deal today
Intel i5-8400 | 2.8Ghz | 6 cores | 6 threads | £188 at Amazon (save 37%)
This is a great deal on one of the best mass-market CPUs for gaming PCs. You save about £112 at Amazon right now.
Broadly speaking, the best CPUs for gaming are made by Intel or AMD. The current top dog is the AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2990WX, but don’t feel you have to get the biggest and most expensive processor on the market. This particular model weighs in at over $1700, and you’ll still get incredible performance from your games for much less. For instance, we’d recommend Intel’s i5-8600K or the Ryzen 5 2600X. You can find both in the best CPU deals of the week listed below.
Just be aware that certain CPUs need extra cooling. Namely, Intel’s K and X series don’t come with their own cooling system. Grabbing something like the NZXT Kraken X62 is therefore recommended.
If you want to save on other PC components, look no further than our gaming PC build guide.
Intel Core i7-8700K | 6 Cores | 12 Threads | £376 (£133 off)
This eight-generation Core i7 processor has £133 off the usual price right now. (Posted: 1/2/19)View Deal
Intel i5-8400 | 6 cores | 6 threads | £188 at Amazon (save £112)
The ideal CPU for anyone to build a mid-range gaming PC. This is a whopping 37% saving too. (Posted: 1/2/19)View Deal
AMD Ryzen 5 2600 + Wraith Stealth Cooler | 6 Cores | 12 Threads | £148.98 (£26 off)
This is a last-gen Ryzen processor, but it just dropped by 17% and has a Wraith Stealth Cooler. (Posted: 23/1/19)View Deal
AMD Ryzen 5 1600X + Wraith Spire Cooler | 6 Cores | 12 Threads | £127 (£122 off)
This is a last-gen Ryzen processor, but it just dropped a staggering 49%. (Posted: 23/1/19)View Deal
AMD Ryzen 7 1700 | 8 Cores | 16 Threads | £179.23 (£112.77 off)
The Ryzen 5 2600 beats this in gaming performance, but it's great for workloads that utilize all 16 threads. (Posted: 23/1/19)View Deal
Intel Core i3-8350K | 4 Cores | 4 Threads | £167.16 (£22.84 off)
The i3-8350K is ace for productivity and most gaming if your budget's tight. (Posted: 23/1/19)View Deal
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