The processor is the most important component of any PC, gaming or otherwise. It's the component doing the most work, whether that's juggling between Chrome tabs or playing the latest AAA games. There's a multitude of factors involved in picking the best CPU—motherboard options, performance, power efficiency, and price.
If you're looking for a CPU for cheap, you've come to the right place. We've compiled all the best CPU deals from around the web right here, so you can save as much money as possible. After all, the less you spend on PC parts, the more you can spend on games!
AMD Ryzen 5 2600X | 6 Cores | 12 Threads | $219.99
This is AMD's mid-range CPU, with 12 CPU threads and a base clock of 3.6GHz. Buy at Newegg (Posted: 10/22)
Intel Core i7-8086K | 6 Cores | 12 Threads | $375.00 ($65 off)
This high-end Intel Core i7 processor is $65 off from Fry's right now. Availability depends on location. Buy at Fry's (Posted: 10/22)
Intel Celeron G4920 | 2 Cores | 2 Threads | $25 ($29 off)
This low-end Intel Celeron isn't going to break any speed records, but it's just $25. It should be enough for web browsing, media consumption, and other basic tasks. Buy at Fry's (Posted: 10/11)
AMD Ryzen 7 1700 | 8 Cores | 16 Threads | $179.99 ($10 off)
This is one of last year's AMD processors, but it's still a great option for mid-range builds. Buy at Amazon (Posted: 10/11)
AMD Ryzen 5 2600X | 6 Cores | 12 Threads | $209.99 ($10 off)
The 2600X is AMD's current mid-range consumer CPU. It was originally listed at $225, but it just dropped another $10 from the previous price. Buy at Amazon (Posted: 10/10)
The Ryzen 7 2700X is at the top of AMD's consumer CPU line. It's a fantastic choice for multi-threaded workloads or intense gaming. Buy at Amazon (Posted: 10/1)
Intel Core i5-8500 | 6 Cores | 12 Threads | $188 ($40 off)
Fry's currently has the Core i5-8500 for about $40 less than the current Amazon price. This CPU has six cores and 12 threads, with a base clock of 3GHz. Buy at Fry's (Posted: 9/28)
Intel Core i3-8100 | 4 Cores | 4 Threads | $89.00 ($30 off)
This is a good deal on one of Intel's lower-end CPUs. For less than $100, you get four cores clocked at 3.6GHz. Buy at Fry's (Posted: 9/21)
Intel Core i7-8700 | 6 Cores | 12 Threads | $279.99 ($30 off)
If you're building a high-end PC, and you don't care about overclocking, the i7-8700 is $30 off from Best Buy's eBay store. Buy at eBay (Posted: 9/5)
Intel Core i3-8350K | 4 Cores | 4 Threads | $169.00 ($10 off)
The i3-8350K is a great option for productivity and most gaming, if you're on a tight budget. There's plenty of overclock potential, too. Buy at Amazon (Posted: 9/5)
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