Update (11/30/2019): Black Friday is over, but the great savings on processors continue over at our Cyber Monday CPU deals page. Check out our Cyber Monday tech deals page to see a list of the latest sales on everything from motherboards and processors to PCs. We also have dedicated Cyber Monday deal pages for monitors, SSDs, gaming laptops, Ryzen processors and Radeon graphics cards.
Along with your graphics card, your CPU has the biggest affect on your computer's performance. It's the main component that you build a system around. And the good news is that, because we are in black Friday tech deals season, you can get a new processor at huge discount.
Whatever processor you choose, make sure that you buy (or already own) a compatible motherboard. See below for a list of our favorite CPU deals right now. And, if you find a deal on your own and you're wondering whether to pull the trigger, check out our article on how to tell a CPU deal from a dud.
AMD CPU Deals
AMD Ryzen 5 3600X: was $234.99, now $199.99
AMD's Ryzen 5 3600X is a 6-core 7nm CPU that can boost up to 4.4 GHz and is, therefore, excellent for building mid-tier gaming systems on a budget. It's still not cheap, but at this price you're getting a lot of performance per dollar.
Ryzen 5 3600: was $199, now $185 @B&H Photo
The Ryzen 5 3600 comes rocking six cores and 12 threads with a 3.6 GHz base clock and 4.2 GHz boost clock. The Wraith Stealth CPU cooler is included with this model.View Deal
AMD Ryzen 7 2700: was $299, now $139.99 @ Amazon
This level of CPU performance is a bargain at this price, with eight CPU cores and 16 threads. It even comes with an RGB cooler and a free game of (some) choice.
Ryzen 7 2700X: was $319 now $129 @Microcenter (in-store only)
If you happen to live near a Microcenter, you can grab this epic deal on the Ryzen 7 2700X, which has 8 cores and a boost frequency of 4.3 GHz.View Deal
AMD Ryzen 5 2600 w/ Wraith Stealth Cooler: was $199, now $114 @Amazon
This package comes with a CPU, Wraith Stealth Cooler, and 3 months of Xbox Game Pass. It has 6 cores and a Max Boost frequency of 3.9 GHz. It's currently on Amazon for 42% off.View Deal
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2950X: was $899, now $669 @ Amazon
This CPU initially release in 2018. The AMD Ryzen Threadripper is a 16 core processor with a max boost frequency of 4.4 GHz. If you're looking for a CPU with power, this is definitely a contender. It's currently available on Amazon for $679.View Deal
AMD Ryzen 7 2700: was $299, now $140 @Amazon
The Ryzen 7 2700 is an 8 core CPU with a Max Boost frequency of 4.1 GHz. This is a decent CPU for the price. It's definitely not the most powerful on the market, but it would work well in a midgrade machine.View Deal
AMD Ryzen 3 3200G: was $99 now $94 Newegg
This inexpensive processor features four cores and built-in Radeon Vega 8 graphics that make it possible to play some games at low settings. The CPU can boost up to 4 GHz and the GPU is rated for 1.25 GHz.View Deal
Intel CPU Deals
Intel Core i5-9600K: was $279, now $194 @ eBay
This is a Coffee Lake hex-core CPU with a turbo speed of 4.6 GHz. The i5-9600K usually retails for $279, but you can grab one on eBay right now for 30% off.View Deal
Intel Pentium Gold G5400: was $119, now $59 @ Amazon
The Pentium Gold G5400 is a dual-core processor. It has a processing speed of 3.7 GHz. This CPU is ideal for simple machines and smaller builds. It's on sale right now for 50% off.View Deal
For more savings, check out our list of best black friday tech deals overall as well as dedicated lists of current black friday sales on SSDs, Ryzen CPUs, Intel CPUs / SSDs. We also have a dedicated page of black friday Newegg deals.