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! If you want to know how these components all stack up, check out our guide to the best CPUs for gaming in 2018.
AMD Ryzen 7 1700X | 8 Cores | 16 Threads | $149.99 (~$50 off)
The newer Ryzen 5 2600 beats this processor in gaming performance, but if for workloads that utilize all 16 threads (streaming, rendering, etc.), this is a great option. Buy at Newegg (Posted: 11/13)
Intel Core i7-8700K | 6 Cores | 12 Threads | $339.99 ($30 off)
This eight-generation Core i7 processor is $30 off the usual price right now. Buy at eBay (Posted: 11/9)
AMD Ryzen 5 1600 | 6 Cores | 12 Threads | $129.99 ($25 off)
This is a last-gen Ryzen processor, but it just dropped another $25. Buy at Amazon (Posted: 11/9)
Intel Core i3-8100 | 4 Cores | 4 Threads | $119.00 (~$10 off)
This lower-end Intel CPU is $10 off right now from Fry's. Buy at Fry's (Posted: 11/5)
Intel Core i5-9600K bundle | $409.99 ($147.97 off)
This includes a ninth-gen Core i5-9600K processor, an ASRock Z390 Phantom Motherboard, an Intel 545s 256GB SSD, and Black Ops 4. Buy at Newegg (Posted: 11/1)
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. Good performance for the price - save $10 on this one. Buy at Newegg (Posted: 10/30)
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: 10/30)
AMD Ryzen 5 2600X | 6 Cores | 12 Threads | $209.99 ($19 off)
The 2600X is AMD's current mid-range consumer CPU. Originally listed at $225, it just dropped another $19 from the previous price. Buy at Amazon (Posted: 10/10)
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