It's not peak black friday deals time yet, but it's starting to feel like it. The Intel Core i5-9600KF, which debuted at $262, currently sells for $237 thanks to recent Intel price cuts (opens in new tab). However, it can be yours today for just $199.99.
The Core i5-9600KF (opens in new tab) comes rocking six cores, six threads (opens in new tab)and 9MB of cache (opens in new tab). The unlocked chip has a 3.7 GHz base clock but boasts a boost clock that climbs to 4.6 GHz in a 95W package.
Intel Core i5-9600KF | $199.99 ($31 off) @ Amazon (opens in new tab)
The Core i5-9600KF is an excellent six-core, mid-range processor that will satisfy all your gaming needs.
The Core i5-9600KF slides into a LGA1151 motherboard (opens in new tab), preferrably a Z390 or Z370 one if you plan on overclocking. The processor isn't just great for gaming, but performs respectably in other tasks as well. It supports DDR4-2666 RAM (opens in new tab)natively, and you can have up to 128GB of RAM on a single system with this CPU.
There are two small caveats with the Core i5-9600KF. The chip lacks integrated graphics, meaning you'll have to pair it with a discrete graphics card (opens in new tab). But if you're picking the processor up for a gaming rig, this shouldn't be a huge letdown since you probably already have a graphics card waiting for it.
Secondly, the Core i5-9600KF doesn't come with a stock cooler. If you need help on finding the best cooler for your needs, don't forget to consult our best CPU coolers (opens in new tab) guide that offers both air and liquid options at difference price points.