The Intel Core i9-9900KF was released earlier this year as an alternative to the 9900K without integrated graphics. However, Intel priced it nearly identically to the 9900K, so there wasn't much of a reason to buy it. It dropped to a more reasonable $440 two weeks ago, and now it's available for just $420. For comparison, the full-fledged i9-9900K is still priced at $485 (opens in new tab).
This is an 8-core/16-thread processor, built on the 14nm Coffee Lake architecture. It has a base frequency of 3.6GHz and a max turbo of 5GHz with the right cooling. It's just a 9900K with the integrated graphics disabled, so you'll need a dedicated graphics card to use it at all. Of course, a high-end gaming PC without any discrete GPU would be a bit silly.
Intel Core i9-9900KF Desktop Processor | $419.99 ($20 off) (opens in new tab)
This high-end Intel CPU without integrated graphics just dropped another $20. You'll need an LGA 1151 (300 Series) motherboard to put it in. Buy at Amazon (opens in new tab), Buy at Walmart (opens in new tab)
Some online stores give us a small cut if you buy something through one of our links. Read our affiliate policy for more info.