This guide referring to the best CPUs to buy (best PC processors), updated monthly, will not be divided by price ranges but by end use categories and, in each category, we will indicate the best processors (Intel and AMD) based on your budget
Usually what must guide the choice of a CPU is not only the price but also (and above all) the use that you are going to do with your PC. An Intel i7 processor is certainly a nice CPU but, if your purpose is just to browse the web, it is obvious that it is not the most suitable purchase.
We therefore want to give you a hand in this delicate phase of choice, since the CPU is the heart of your PC and its choice will certainly affect all the other components as well. So let’s find out which are the best CPUs to buy according to your needs!
The types of use will be indicated in broad terms and, if you find yourself between two uses, it will always be better to favor the area with a greater workload.
Note that some CPUs may appear in multiple sections of the guide. Prices will be referred to Amazon and automatically updated. Let’s begin!
Best CPUs to buy (best PC processors) for office or home users (web browsing, office, mail)
Best CPUs to buy (best PC processors) for overclocking enthusiasts
Best CPUs to buy (best PC processors) for video games
An Intel i5 or equivalent is usually enough for worry-free gaming. Let’s see together what to start and how far to go in this list of the best CPUs dedicated to gaming.
Best CPUs to buy (best PC processors) for editing (photo / video, render, compute center) and heavy loads
In this context it is important to evaluate the overclocking issue: it offers undoubted advantages but it is necessary to buy, separately, a better heatsink for your CPU. Which costs around € 60-100 for air cooling (depending on how hard you want to push the overclock) and well over € 100 if you want a custom liquid system. On average, it always makes sense to aim for solutions with unlocked multiply, if only to be able in any case to correctly manage the parameters from the BIOS and optimize the CPU with respect to its use. AMD makes a big comeback with RyZen undermining Intel solutions and beating them in some areas, all at a lower price than the competition.
The list in brief | Best CPUs (best PC processors) to buy
Below is a list that briefly summarizes the best options available on the market today. As you can see AMD returns domineering and invades all price ranges to a bit.
- AMD Ryzen 2200G
- AMD Ryzen 2400G
- AMD Ryzen 5600x
- Intel i5-9600k
- Intel i7-9700k
- AMD Ryzen 5800x
- AMD Ryzen 3800X
- AMD Tread Ripper 2920x
- AMD Tread Ripper 2950x
- Intel i9-9980x
- Intel Core i3-10100
- Intel Core i7-10700K
- Intel Core i5-10600K
- Intel Core i9-10900
See you next month!
I hope this buying guide of the best CPUs (best PC processors) has been helpful and remember that it will be updated monthly. We recommend that you also take a look at our guides to the best motherboards and the best RAM memories.
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