Arguably the essential component in any computer (along with the graphics card if you're a gamer), your CPU has the most impact on performance. So if you're planning a new PC Build, perhaps one of the best PC builds, you will need a new processor anytime soon.
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Intel Core i7-13700K: now $375 at Amazon (was $402)
Intel's Raptor Lake 16-core, 24-thread CPU didn't exactly stand out when it launched at $409. But now with a $50 coupon code at Newegg (FTSCUAZ75), the Core i7-13700K is a lot more enticing at its new low of $359. At this price, it's a great CPU for gaming and productivity.
AMD Ryzen 7 5800X3D: now $312 at Amazon (was $449)
The last hurrah for AM4, the 5800X3D is one of the best bang-for-buck CPUs for gaming. With 8 cores and 16 threads as well as its massive 96MB of L3 cache, this CPU is a great upgrade if you're already on the AM4 platform or looking to make a cost-effective build using last-gen hardware.
AMD Ryzen 9 7900 CPU: now $409 at Amazon with coupon (was $389)
This 12-core processor from AMD comes with 24 threads and features Zen 4 architecture. It can reach 5.4 GHz with max boost enabled and supports DDR5. This edition comes with a Wraith Prism stock cooler.
AMD Ryzen 9 7950X3D CPU: now $594 at Newegg with promo code (was $699)
One of the flagship AMD processors, the Ryzen 9 7950X3D comes with 16-cores and a massive 128MB L3 Cache of stacked 3D V-Cache SRAM chiplets. One of the fastest CPUs for gaming.
Use code SSCWAA39 to receive a $105 discount.
AMD Ryzen 5 5600G: now $127 at Amazon (was $259)
The Ryzen 5 5600G is a six-core 12-thread APU with a 16MB L3 cache and a base clock of 3.9GHz able to boost to 4.4GHz. This chip contains integrated Radeon graphics with a TDP of 65W. The Wraith Stealth cooler is also included in this retail box.
Intel Core i7-13700KF CPU: now $389 at Newegg with promo code (was $429)
This is one of the lowest prices we've seen on the Core i7-13700F. This is a 16-core processor (8 performance cores, 8 efficiency cores) with a max turbo operating frequency of 5.4 GHz. The "F" designation in its name lets us know that this processor comes sans integrated graphics.
AMD Ryzen 5 5500: now $94 at Newegg (was $159)
The Ryzen 5 5500 is a 6-core, 12-thread CPU that is capable of 4.2GHz at max boost and is also unlocked for overclocking. This desktop processor comes boxed with a stock "Wraith Stealth" cooler.
Intel Core i7-12700KF: now $259 at Amazon (was $377)
The Core i7-12700KF wields Intel's latest hybrid microarchitecture with a combination of 8 Performance-cores and 4 Efficiency-cores. The Alder Lake chip flaunts boost clocks of up to 5 GHz and is compatible with DDR5.
AMD Ryzen 9 7900X: now $404 at Amazon (was $539)
This 12-core, 24-thread CPU boasts a 5.6-GHz boost clock and 76MB of cache. The price is $100 off the recent launch price.
Intel Core i5-12600K CPU: now $214 at Amazon (was $277)
This processor is at one of its best prices yet, having just been launched in 2021. It has 10 cores, 6 of which are dedicated as performance cores along with 4 efficient cores, and 16 threads. It has a base operating speed of 3.6 GHz and can reach up to 4.9 GHz with Max Turbo enabled.
AMD Ryzen 7 5700X: now $194 at Newegg with promo code (was $299)
This eight-core 16-thread processor has a 4.6 GHz boost clock and is worth considering at this price, particularly for Ryzen owners with older systems. This chip comes with support for overclocking and PCIe 4.0.
Use code FCLCWA979 for a $15 discount.
AMD Ryzen 7700X: now $349 at B&H Photo (was $399)
AMD's new 8-core, 16-thread Ryzen 7 CPU has a base clock of 4.5 GHz and the ability to boost up to 5.4 GHz, it will chew through game frame rates and tough threaded applications with equal ease.
AMD Ryzen 9 5900X: now $330 at Amazon (was $569)
The 5900X is a 12-core, 24-thread unlocked desktop processor from AMD. This CPU can go up to 4.8 GHz on max boost. AMD's 5900X also features 70 MB of cache and a TDP of only 105W.
Intel Core i5-12400: now $160 at Amazon (was $237)
This CPU remains the best value for gaming-specific machines. The Core i5-14000 has six P-cores that support hyper-threading and operates at a 2.5GHz base clock with the ability to boost to 4.4GHz. This model also comes with an integrated GPU, so it costs $20 more than the graphics-less 12400F.
Intel Core i5-12400F: now $149 at Newegg with promo code (was $179)
This CPU remains the best value for gaming-specific machines. The Core i5-14000F has six P-cores that support hyper-threading and operates at a 2.5GHz base clock with the ability to boost to 4.4GHz. This model comes without an integrated GPU.
Use code LDCV29236 for a $7 discount.
AMD Ryzen 5 5600X: now $157 at Amazon(was $309)
Earning 4.5 stars in our review, this chip is highly sought after thanks to its strong single- and multi-threaded performance, leading power efficiency, and PCIe Gen4 support. It also features stellar thermals, a bundled cooler, and overclocking capability, so there’s a lot to love here.
Intel Core i5-12600K: now $247 at Newegg (was $299)
The Core i5-12600K is a great all-rounder for an affordable price — made even better with this discount. With 10 cores/16 threads and a max clock speed of 4.9 GHz. Plus the impressive setup of 6 performance cores and 4 efficiency cores is great for day-to-day use. If you don't need integrated graphics go for the 12600KF.
Intel Core i5-12600KF: now $195 at Amazon (was $311)
This processor offers six performance cores, four efficiency cores, and a boost clock of up to 4.9 GHz before you overclock it. It also supports DDR5 RAM and PCIe 5.0. This chip is the 12600K but the F means that it comes without integrated graphics.
AMD Ryzen 7 5800X: now $209 at Amazon (was $449)
This 3.8GHz eight-core, 16-thread CPU offers impressive performance for any high-FPS gaming rig, along with PCIe gen 4 support, a boost clock up to 4.7GHz, and support for overclocking.
Intel Core i7-12700K: now $275 at Amazon (was $369)
The Core i7-12700K wields Intel's latest hybrid microarchitecture with a combination of eight P cores and four E cores. The Alder Lake chip flaunts boost clocks of up to 5GHz and nearly matches the gaming prowess of the 12900K. Redeem the coupon to drop the price down to $245.