The Best CPUs For Gaming (2020 Reviews)

The central processing unit, or CPU, is the very core of every computer, be it a desktop, a laptop, a tablet, a phone, or any other type of device.

But just how important is a CPU in a gaming PC?

In this article, we’ll be presenting you with a selection of the best CPUs for gaming that you can have in 2020, as well as a short guide that will answer some common questions and help you choose the CPU best-suited to your needs.

So without any further ado, here are today’s best affordable CPUs.

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Best Budget CPUs

If you’re building a gaming PC but are on a tight budget, there are always more affordable CPUs on the market that would be a good fit for those who don’t have a lot of money to spend on a CPU or on a PC as a whole.

The Pros:

  • Decent performance
  • Great integrated graphics
  • Very budget-friendly

The Cons:

  • Last-gen architecture
  • Only four cores
  • No multithreading

About The CPU

The first CPU on our list isn’t even technically a CPU. Rather, it is an APU – an accelerated processing unit, a type of processor made by AMD which features both CPU and GPU cores, making it a rather balanced “jack-of-all-trades” type of processor.

The Ryzen 3 3200G is a quad-core solution that comes with a total of 8 Vega graphics cores, which makes it a solid pick for gamers who are on a very tight budget and who might not be able to afford a dedicated GPU.

Specifications

ModelAMD Ryzen 3 3200G
SocketAM4
Core Count4
Thread Count4
Base Clock3.6 GHz
Boost Clock4 GHz
Lithography12nm
Integrated GraphicsVega 8
TDP65W

Our Thoughts

Best Gaming CPU

The Ryzen 3 3200G is based on the 12nm Zen+ architecture that the 2nd generation Ryzen CPUs used, so it’s not quite on the same level as the latest 7nm Zen 2 CPUs. Still, for such an affordable APU, it has a lot of bases covered.

It has only four cores and no multithreading, which is a bit of a downside in a 2019 processor. Still, it makes up for this with the aforementioned Vega graphics cores, which easily blows all of Intel’s integrated graphics solutions out of the water. Nonetheless, it cannot come close to the performance of a dedicated GPU, so it’s only really an option for eSports or other less demanding games.

Furthermore, like all other Ryzen CPUs and APUs, it is unlocked, and a stock cooler ships with the processor. In this case, it’s the Wraith Stealth, a compact and quiet cooler that should be able to meet your performance requirements.

Now, a jack of all trades is a master of none, and that is especially true when it comes to budget-friendly processors. The four cores will inevitably get strained with modern games, and the now-outdated architecture makes it a bit of a dubious long-term investment.

Nonetheless, the Ryzen 3 3200G is the go-to solution for gamers who are pinching pennies and who aren’t overly ambitious when it comes to performance. If you fall into this group, then this APU and its excellent integrated graphics may just prove to be well worth the investment.

The Pros:

  • Has multithreading
  • Excellent graphics performance
  • Affordable

The Cons:

  • Dated architecture
  • Not as good value as Ryzen 3 3200G

About The CPU

As you might expect, the Ryzen 5 3400G is simply a better, faster version of the Ryzen 3 3200G. It, too, is an APU based on the 12nm Zen+ architecture, but the key differences between the two are that the 3400G has multithreading and several additional Vega graphics cores.

Obviously, this improves its overall performance, both when it comes to general computing tasks and in-game graphics.

Specifications

ModelAMD Ryzen 3400G
SocketAM4
Core Count4
Thread Count8
Base Clock3.7 GHz
Boost Clock4.2 GHz
Lithography12nm
Integrated GraphicsVega 11
TDP65W

Our Thoughts

AMD Wraith Spire Cooler

There is not much to say about the Ryzen 5 3400G other than that it is a slightly better, slightly more expensive counterpart of the Ryzen 3 3200G that is bound to appeal to gamers who are thinking about building a budget gaming PC without a dedicated GPU.

The additional three Vega graphics cores don’t make for too big of a jump in performance, but they can help smooth out the framerate in some of the more demanding games, potentially also allowing you to run the less demanding ones at higher graphics settings without having to suffer a big performance hit.

Now, everything that we’ve previously said about the 3200G mostly holds true for the 3400G – it offers good performance for the money, it’s budget-friendly, and boasts some of the best integrated graphics seen to date. However, we’d say that the value it offers isn’t quite as good, since we feel that the increase in price definitely outweighs the increase in graphics performance and overall processing power provided by multithreading.

That said, much like the 3200G, the 3400G would be a great fit for those who are on a tight budget and are building a gaming PC without a dedicated graphics card. However, the Ryzen 3 3200G still offers better value overall and if you can afford to add a dedicated GPU to your build, then there are definitely better CPUs out there.

The Pros:

  • Has multithreading
  • Great value for the money
  • Decent cooler

The Cons:

  • Limited overclocking performance

About The CPU

Now, if you actually intend on getting a dedicated GPU, a Ryzen APU would be a bad processor to pair it up with. Rather, there is another highly appealing budget processor released by AMD this year – the Ryzen 3 3300X.

For the most part, Ryzen 3 models weren’t as impressive as their pricier Ryzen 5 and Ryzen 7 counterparts, but the 3300X pretty much has all of the important bases covered when it comes to what makes a good budget gaming CPU.

Specifications

ModelAMD Ryzen 3400G
SocketAM4
Core Count4
Thread Count8
Base Clock3.8 GHz
Boost Clock4.3 GHz
Lithography7nm
Integrated GraphicsN/A
TDP65W

Our Thoughts

So, what exactly makes the Ryzen 3 3300X such an appealing buy? Well, for starters, it comes with multithreading, which wasn’t the case with the first and second-generation Ryzen 3 CPUs. Naturally, this gives it an edge over its predecessors, but it also performs much better than the more expensive Ryzen 5 3400G.

Since it packs more processing power, the Ryzen 3 3300X would be able to better utilize the resources of a dedicated graphics card than either of the aforementioned APUs could. So, while the 3400G remains the superior choice if you want to rely exclusively on integrated graphics, the 3300X is the far better option if you’re on a budget but also want to add a graphics card to your build.

Moreover, as mentioned above, the Ryzen 3 3300X is actually cheaper than the 3400G. With an MSRP of $120, it is a pretty good deal. And while the bundled Wraith Stealth cooler leaves some things to be desired, it still fares better than Intel’s stock coolers, so we’d say it’s still a plus.

Ultimately, we’d say that the Ryzen 3 3300X is the best budget gaming CPU currently available, for all the reasons mentioned above. Quite simply, it has everything that you could reasonably expect in a budget CPU and offers great value at its current price point, so you can see why it’s our top pick at the moment. Granted, there isn’t a ton of overclocking headroom but if you’re going with a budget CPU, then overclocking likely won’t be a big concern for you.

The Pros:

  • Good gaming performance
  • Features hyperthreading
  • Approachable price

The Cons:

  • Doesn’t support overclocking

About The CPU

Moving on, we get to one of the latest 10th generation Intel CPUs – the i3-10100. It is the most affordable CPU model in the blue team’s new lineup, and it is one of the best budget gaming CPU available at the moment.

Seeing as how Intel has finally added hyperthreading to all of their mainstream Core models, they now offer better multithreaded performance that’s on par with the competition, so it’s easy to see why this particular CPU is so appealing for budget builds in 2020

Specifications

ModelIntel Core i3-10100
SocketLGA1200
Core Count4
Thread Count8
Base Clock3.6 GHz
Boost Clock4.3 GHz
Lithography14nm
Integrated GraphicsIntel UHD Graphics 630
TDP65W

Our Thoughts

As mentioned above, the i3-10100 is part of Intel’s latest 10th generation of CPUs, also known as Comet Lake-S. And while they are still lagging behind in regards to the lithography (based on a 14nm process as opposed to the 7nm process that Zen 2 CPUs are based on), Comet Lake-S CPUs are quite power-efficient and they can finally go toe-to-toe with Ryzen now that they all have hyperthreading.

Compared to AMD’s more affordable APUs, the i3-10100 simply leaves them in the dust, as it is roughly the performance equivalent of the Ryzen 3 3300X. As you can tell, the two CPUs have a lot of similarities on paper, although the Ryzen 3 3300X does tend to perform a bit better in games, if only by a split hair.

Compared to its Ryzen counterpart, however, the Intel Core i3-10100 doesn’t support overclocking. As with most of Intel’s more affordable offerings over the years, the i3-10100 doesn’t have an unlocked multiplier, but as mentioned above, it’s unlikely that this will be at the top of your priority list when shopping for a budget CPU.

Another minor advantage that the i3-10100 has over the competition is that it also packs an integrated graphics solution, though the Intel UHD 630 graphics are mainly useful as a sort of backup that’s good to have but not really all that important.

Now, while the two CPUs are on more or less even terms performance-wise, one notable reason why you might want to go with Intel is that they have just released their LGA1200 socket while AMD is planning to replace the AM4 socket with the AM5 next year.

That said, you could potentially save some money on a future upgrade if you pick Intel, although it remains to be seen how they handle socket and chipset compatibility and whether the situation will be better than it was with LGA1151.

Best Mid-Range CPUs

As we move up the price ladder, we get to the mid-range, and it is these CPUs that usually make for the best balance between performance and value, as they are reasonably priced and they can handle most of the GPUs currently on the market without any significant bottlenecking.

The Pros:

  • Good overall performance
  • Improved single-core performance
  • Great stock cooler
  • Very good value at current price point

The Cons:

  • Soon to be succeeded by the 4000 series

About The CPU

The first entry in this category is AMD’s Ryzen 5 3600XT, and as you might guess from the name, it is simply a beefed-up version of the Ryzen 5 3600X that was released last year, featuring slightly higher clock speeds and, by extension, slightly better single-core performance.

Specifications

ModelAMD Ryzen 5 3600XT
SocketAM4
Core Count6
Thread Count12
Base Clock3.8 GHz
Boost Clock4.5 GHz
Lithography7nm
Integrated GraphicsN/A
TDP95W

Our Thoughts

AMD Ryzen 5 3600XT CPU

At its core, the Ryzen 5 3600XT has everything that the Ryzen lineup has been known for since its release: it offers a high core and thread count, excellent multithreaded performance, it supports overclocking, and it comes complete with a good stock cooler.

Like the rest of the Ryzen 3000 series, the 3600XT is based on the 7nm Zen 2 architecture, so it is quite power-efficient, although it does sort of present dubious value at the moment, considering that the Ryzen 4000 models are due to launch by the end of 2020. Regardless, it’s unlikely that the upcoming CPUs will offer a significant performance boost, so if you need a new CPU/PC immediately, it’s best to just go with the 3600XT.

All in all, with its current price-performance ratio and the excellent Wraith Spire v2 cooler, the Ryzen 3600XT would make for a good buy, especially if you place value first.

The Pros:

  • Matches Ryzen in terms of core/thread count
  • High clocks and great overclocking
  • More future-proof

The Cons:

  • No cooler included
  • Not as good value as the Ryzen 5 3600XT

About The CPU

Next, we have the Intel Core i5-10600K, and it marks a long-overdue return to form for Intel.

As previously mentioned in the overview of the i3-10100, all of the latest 10th generation Comet Lake-S Intel CPUs come with hyperthreading, something that has definitely helped Intel catch up with AMD and close the performance and value gap between AMD Ryzen and Intel Core.

Specifications

ModelIntel Core i5-10600K
SocketLGA1200
Core Count6
Thread Count12
Base Clock4.1 GHz
Boost Clock4.8 GHz
Lithography14nm
Integrated GraphicsIntel UHD Graphics 630
TDP125W

Our Thoughts

Intel Core i5 10600K CPU

At first glance, the Intel Core i5-10600K seems fairly evenly matched with the Ryzen 5 3600XT, although the Intel CPU does have the advantage of higher clock speeds and better overclocking performance, something that helps it pull ahead of the 3600XT, although this also makes it more power-hungry.

However, more raw performance doesn’t necessarily mean better value, and that’s definitely true in this case. Not only is the i5-10600K itself a bit more expensive than the Ryzen 5 3600XT, but unlike its AMD competitor, it doesn’t come with a stock cooler included. As such, you’d have to buy a cooler separately, and you’d have to spend a fair buck on it, too, if you really wanted to take advantage of the CPU’s overclocking capabilities.

So, with that said, it’s obvious that the Intel Core i5-10600K would undoubtedly appeal to those who are after the best performance that they can get for their money in this price range, provided that they’re willing to pay a bit more.

Alternatively, as before, it might also be a better choice for those who want something more future-proof, as Intel has only just introduced the LGA1200 socket and AMD will be replacing the AM4 with the AM5 next year.

Best High-End CPUs

Finally, we get to the more powerful high-end solutions that are not only more than powerful enough to run even the beefiest modern GPUs but also offer even better performance for those who intend on using their PC for some professional applications, rather than just gaming.

The Pros:

  • High core/thread count at a relatively low price
  • Excellent RGB cooler
  • Great value at the moment

The Cons:

  • Single-core performance not as good as Intel
  • Limited overclocking potential

About The CPU

The first processor that we’ll take a look here is the familiar Ryzen 7 3700X, the same CPU featured in last year’s guide that is still more than worth considering today. It hasn’t received a refresh like the 3600X and the 3800X, but if you need high thread counts at an approachable price, then this just might be the ideal CPU for you!

Specifications

ModelAMD Ryzen 7 3700X
SocketAM4
Core Count8
Thread Count16
Base Clock3.6 GHz
Boost Clock4.4 GHz
Lithography7nm
Integrated GraphicsN/A
TDP65W

Our Thoughts

AMD Wraith Prism Cooler

Not much sets the Ryzen 7 3700X apart from the Ryzen 5 3600XT, as they are both based on the same architecture and offer similar gaming performance, though the extra cores and threads ultimately give the 3700X the lead when it comes to multi-threaded tasks.

And much like the Ryzen 5 3600XT, this CPU comes with a cooler in the box, only this time it’s the even better Wraith Prism – it offers better cooling efficiency, runs more quietly, and comes complete with RGB lighting, and that’s a major plus if you’re an RGB enthusiast or just have a translucent case and would like to give your build a dash of color.

Ultimately, what makes the Ryzen 7 3700X really worth buying in 2020 is also the fact that it has received a price cut and is currently cheaper than the original MSRP. This makes it an exceptionally good deal, especially when you take into account just how much more expensive the Ryzen 7 3800XT is, all the while it offers a minimal performance boost and doesn’t come with a cooler included.

Of course, the Ryzen 7 3700X isn’t perfect either. The single-core performance still lags behind Intel and it doesn’t allow for a lot of overclocking headroom, although it is still a remarkably good deal at its current price. So, if you want an octa-core CPU with 16 threads for under $300, best get this one quickly while the price is low.

The Pros:

  • High thread count
  • Superb performance when overclocked
  • Future-proof

The Cons:

  • No stock cooler
  • On the pricey side

About The CPU

Now, if you’re putting performance first and would prefer a CPU that packs more of a punch than the Ryzen 7 3700X does, then Intel has you covered. With the Intel Core i7-7700K, you’d be getting 8 cores and 16 threads and impressive overclocking performance, both of which justify this CPU’s price tag.

Specifications

ModelIntel Core i7-10700K
SocketLGA1200
Core Count8
Thread Count16
Base Clock3.8 GHz
Boost Clock5.1 GHz
Lithography14nm
Integrated GraphicsIntel UHD Graphics 630
TDP95W

Our Thoughts

When comparing the i7-10700K with the Ryzen 7 3700X, it’s more or less the same situation as with their mid-range counterparts – they boast the same number of cores and threads and the Ryzen is slightly more power-efficient, but the Intel CPU has an undisputed lead in most categories.

The first thing you’ll notice is that the clock can be pushed over 5 GHz, which is quite impressive, to say the least, and it ultimately allows this CPU to offer much better single-core performance than what the similarly-priced Ryzen models can manage.

That said, the i7-10700K is a true powerhouse, provided that you pair it up with a cooler that will allow you to squeeze all the potential out of it. Again, it doesn’t come with a cooler in the box, but that’s probably for the best, as you’d likely have to get an aftermarket cooler anyway if you intended on overclocking the CPU.

All in all, this is a highly impressive CPU that keeps up with the competition in terms of multi-threaded performance all the while outpacing it when it comes to single-core tasks. It offers a very impressive amount of overclocking headroom and is quite future-proof, so it’s definitely worth considering if you’re willing to spend a bit more.

How To Pick The Best CPU For Your Needs

Now that we have gone over what we feel are some of the best CPUs for gaming available right now, the question remains – how do you find the one that fits your needs best?

Below, we’ll answer some of the common questions that you might find yourself asking when trying to find the right CPU for your needs, so read on!

AMD vs Intel

intel vs amd

First, let’s address something that will likely be the first question that many will ask – which company currently offers better CPUs for gaming, AMD or Intel?

For a long time, Intel has had the undisputed lead and was the only real choice for all but some low-end builds, as AMD simply failed to offer any real competition throughout most of the 2010s. This changed in 2017 when Ryzen finally launched, the scales shifted and it was AMD that seemed to be offering CPUs that either flat-out performed better or just offered better value when it came to the price-performance ratio. And now, in 2020, the two giants seem to be on fairly even terms.

For the past few years, almost all of AMD Ryzen CPUs came with multithreading and offered higher core/thread counts than the competition, all the while generally being cheaper and more power-efficient to boot. But, as mentioned in the article, Intel has finally caught up with their 10th generation Comet Lake-S models, as they all offer hyperthreading now and can match the thread counts of the competing Ryzen models.

AMD CPU

Now, of course, there’s more to performance than thread counts alone, and there’s more to a CPU than just raw performance. Clock speeds and overclocking are also important, and at the end of the day, value will often be the deciding factor for many people when it comes to picking the right CPU for their needs.

As far as the clock speeds and overclocking are concerned, Intel definitely has the lead there. Higher clock speeds offer better single-core performance, and this can translate into a decent FPS boost, depending on the game and the GPU in question, of course.

However, this increase in performance usually comes at extra cost – Intel CPUs are generally pricier and the more powerful ones ship without a cooler, and having to buy a cooler separately constitutes an extra cost that’s simply not there for many Ryzen CPUs.

Since most Ryzen CPUs are cheaper overall and they come with AMD’s excellent Wraith coolers bundled, this ultimately helps bring the overall cost down by a fair amount, so if you’re more concerned with value rather than raw performance, going with AMD Ryzen instead of Intel Core can save you a chunk of cash.

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Finally, there’s also the question of compatibility. In this department, AMD fared better over the past few years, as all of the mainstream Ryzen CPUs used the AM4 socket and while not all CPUs were compatible with all chipsets, it was mostly a smooth ride. Meanwhile, it was much bumpier with Intel, and in between the socket revisions and limited chipset compatibility, chances are that if you wanted to upgrade to a newer CPU, you’d have to get a new motherboard as well.

Now, as we’ve previously mentioned in the article, Intel has just introduced the LGA1200 socket and AMD will be replacing the AM4 socket with the AM5 in 2021. That said, if you like planning for the future, Intel might be a better choice at the moment. Granted, there’s no guarantee that the Intel CPUs released a year or two from now will be compatible with the current chipsets or that Intel won’t revise the socket as they did with the LGA1151, so it’s best to not keep compatibility too high up on your priority list.

All in all, while both sides currently have their strengths and weaknesses, the current situation can be summarized as follows: AMD offers better value, Intel offers better performance. That said, the ultimate choice will be a subjective one, depending on where your priorities lie.

Core and Thread Count

CPU Overclocking

So, we’ve established that AMD and Intel are on even terms when it comes to the core and thread counts, and that the latest Ryzen and Core CPUs are matched in that department. But of course, higher thread counts are reserved for the more expensive CPUs, so just how important is a high core/thread count for gaming?

We’ve already touched upon the subject previously, mentioning that single-core performance is usually more important for games than multi-core performance is. However, due to rising core and thread counts, more and more games are optimized to take care of all that extra processing power.

Of course, outside of gaming, having more threads means that the system will be better at handling multiple tasks simultaneously and various professional software can benefit greatly from having access to more threads.

But, at the end of the day, there’s little use worrying specifically about core and thread counts now that AMD and Intel are on even ground in that department. When it comes to gaming, a 6-core 12-thread mid-range CPU will be more enough for gaming in 2020.

Overclocking

PC Overclocking

We’ve mentioned that single-core performance usually has a more profound positive effect on the FPS counter than a high thread count does, and that’s where clock speeds and overclocking come in.

A CPU’s clock speed indicates how much data a single core can process each second, so increasing the clock speed also increases the CPU’s processing power. So, what should you consider when it comes to overclocking, and is it even worth it?

First, we should consider the fact that all Ryzen CPUs are unlocked and can be overclocked, but only those Intel CPUs marked with a “K” at the end of their model number can be overclocked. However, while overclocking is more accessible with Ryzen, it is the Intel CPUs that usually fare better in terms of how far they can be pushed.

As you can tell from this article, the latest Comet Lake-S Intel CPUs’ clocks can be pushed noticeably farther than those of their Zen 2-based competitors, which means that you can squeeze more performance out of them this way.

The question remains, however – is this extra performance even worth it?

Well, as before, the benefits can range from noticeable to negligible, and this really depends on the game and the rest of the system, but overclocking can also help make the CPU slightly more future-proof, so it’s worth keeping in mind if you’re thinking about the long-term.

For the most part, however, overclocking is an enthusiast’s game. For the average gamer who doesn’t consider the tweaking to be “a part of the fun”, the benefits that it offers when it comes to gaming are quite limited, especially considering that you’d have to spend extra on a good cooler in order to really push a CPU to its limits.

Integrated Graphics

AMD Ryzen CPU

Integrated graphics aren’t exactly a high-priority feature for gaming CPUs, as the vast majority of gaming configurations rely on dedicated graphics cards, and for a good reason – integrated graphics simply can’t compete with them in terms of performance. However, they are still worth keeping in mind.

We have listed the Ryzen 3 3200G and the Ryzen 5 3400G as good choices for those who are on a really tight budget, or just those who mainly intend to play less demanding games such as eSports titles, some indie games, or simply older releases that don’t really pose a challenge for modern hardware.

When compared to Intel’s UHD 630 integrated graphics that you can find in the latest 10th generation Core models (all of the ones listed here), AMD’s Vega APUs simply blow Intel out of the water. While Intel’s integrated graphics are usually only good to have as backup in a gaming PC, AMD’s Vega APUs can actually offer playable framerates even in AAA games.

Bottlenecking

Best CPU For Gaming

Finally, we have the question of bottlenecking, which is often the main thing to keep in mind when choosing the right CPU for your gaming build. So, what is bottlenecking?

Essentially, when a CPU cannot “keep pace” with a more powerful GPU, the GPU’s processing power won’t be utilized to its full potential because the CPU won’t be able to issue instructions fast enough—as such, pairing a weak CPU with a powerful GPU is usually a bad idea. Of course, the opposite holds true as well – you won’t get better in-game performance by pairing up an Intel i7-10700K with an Nvidia GeForce GT 1030.

So, the main question here is: how do you ensure that you’ve got a good CPU/GPU pair?

Overall, it’s impossible to avoid a bottleneck completely, so the goal is to minimize it to the point where the loss in performance is completely negligible. It’s difficult to estimate the exact extent of a bottleneck, and while bottleneck calculators such as this one can give you a decent estimate as to how well a CPU and a GPU would go with one another, there’s usually little need to delve into the exact percentages.

Namely, a good rule of thumb to go by is to stick with budget CPUs for budget GPUs, mid-range CPUs for mid-range GPUs, and high-end CPUs for high-end GPUs. However, as mentioned in the article, mid-range CPUs will usually do fine even for high-end GPUs, unless you really want to squeeze every single frame out of your graphics card and/or if you also intend on running some CPU-intensive software.

As you can tell from the test above where four of Intel’s latest CPUs were paired up with an RTX 2080 Ti, and the mid-range i5-10600K tends to offer a nice extra chunk of FPS compared to the cheaper i3-10100 but it keeps pace so well with the more expensive 10700K and the 10900K that you wouldn’t even notice any difference during gameplay.

Conclusion – The Best Gaming CPUs of 2020

AMD Ryzen

And now, with all of the above in mind, it’s time to pick our winners! Naturally, since preferences and budget constraints differ from person to person, there’s no single best “one-size-fits-all” CPU, so we have picked three, one from each category.

For the best budget choice, we’d have to go with the Ryzen 3 3300X, simply because it offers good performance at a good price, and there’s not much more that you could ask for in a budget CPU. Of course, the Ryzen 3 3200G also remains our top pick if you’re trying to put together the cheapest gaming PC that you can, without buying a dedicated graphics card.

When it comes to the CPU that offers the best value for your money, that title would have to go to the Ryzen 5 3600XT.  It has 6 cores and 12 threads and offers the kind of performance that would be more than sufficient in most builds, not to mention that it keeps up with similarly-priced Intel CPUs (and even some pricier ones), all the while it comes complete with a good stock cooler, something that will save you a few bucks that you can then put towards improving another aspect of your build.

Finally, if we’re talking raw performance, then the best choice would undoubtedly be the Intel Core i7-10700K. It is easily the most powerful CPU on this list, and while it may not be the most powerful mainstream desktop CPU on the market right now, it’s definitely the beefiest CPU that’s worth considering for a gaming build.

Ultimately, however, you can rest assured that any of the CPUs listed here would prove to be a good purchase, provided that you keep your needs and their capabilities in mind.

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Samuel Stewart
Samuel Stewart

Samuel is GamingScan's editor-in-chief. He describes himself as a hardcore gamer & programmer and he enjoys getting more people into gaming and answering people's questions. He closely follows the latest trends in the gaming industry in order to keep you all up-to-date with the latest news.