In this guide, you will find all the latest available processors. If you are building your next Gaming PC or are willing to, you probably have found out that it can be kind of a mess to choose a CPU. I hope I can help you decide with this guide.

If you see errors, misleading information, or you just don’t agree with me I would really appreciate your comments so we all can improve this post together. Try to be nice to each other and be collaborative.

Buying Guide

What Price Range Is Best For Me?

Standard – Up to $150

The most recommended options here are usually AMD CPUs because of its power/price relation, being the Ryzen 3 1200 the best option for 1080p builds.

The CPUs you can usually find here are usually paired with a GTX 1050 / 1060 3GB or an RX 460/470. You could expect a very good gaming experience while spending not too much, 450 to 600 dollars for the entire build. The performance will hit the 30-50 FPS at 1080p and High / Ultra settings.

Ultra – From $150 to $250

For intensive games, an Intel CPU is always the preferred option because they have a better performance per CPU and that’s what our games will demand to play them at higher resolutions.

In this tier, you will find the perfect partners of a GTX 1060 6GB or an RX 480 8GB. You will easily reach the 60 FPS / 1080p / Ultra in 99% of the currently available games. Also, you could play VR games with such CPU/GPU combination.

Master Race – From $250

If you need to squeeze all the potential of GPUs like the GTX 1070 or GTX 1080, you will definitely need an Intel i7 or a Ryzen 7 CPU. Using any model of these processors families, you will be able to run all current games at 60 FPS at 1440p and Ultra settings, and even could run 4K games at 30-45 FPS.

Models like the i5-8600K or the i7-8700 can easily handle multiple GPU configurations to enable a high FPS 4K gaming experience.

AMD AM4 – Ryzen 2, 2018

AMD Ryzen 2nd Gen Desktop Processors
Base Frequency3.5 GHz3.6 GHz3.4 GHz3.6 GHz3.2 GHz3.7 GHz
Turbo Boost 2.03.7 GHz3.9 GHz3.9 GHz4.2 GHz4.1 GHz4.3 GHz
L3 Cache4 MB16 MB
DRAM SupportDDR4-2933
Integrated Graphics (IGP)Vega 8Vega 11----
IGP Base Freq1100 MHz1250 MHz----
TDP65 W95 W65 W105 W
Price (RRP)$99$169$199$229$299$329

Standard – Up to $150

Ultra – From $150 to $250

Master Race – From $250 to $350

Intel LGA 1151 – Gold Coffee Lake, 2018 Q1, 8th Gen

Intel GOLD Coffee Lake 8th Gen Desktop Processors
Cores2C / 4T
Base Frequency3.7 GHz3.8 GHz3.9 GHz
Turbo Boost 2.0---
L3 Cache4 MB
DRAM SupportDDR4-2400
Integrated Graphics (IGP)UHD 630
IGP Base Freq350 MHz
IGP Turbo1.05 GHz1.10 GHz
Price (RRP)$64$75$86

Standard – Up to $150


Intel LGA 1151 – Coffee Lake, 2017 Q4, 8th Gen

Intel Coffee Lake 8th Gen Desktop Processors
Cores4C / 4T6C / 6T6C / 12T
Base Frequency3.6 GHz4.0 GHz2.8 GHz3.6 GHz3.2 GHz3.7 GHz
Turbo Boost 2.0--4.0 GHz4.3 GHz4.6 GHz4.7 GHz
L3 Cache6 MB8 MB9 MB12 MB
DRAM SupportDDR4-2400DDR4-2666
Integrated Graphics (IGP)GT2: 23 EUsGT2: 24 EUs
IGP Base Freq350 MHz350 MHz
IGP Turbo1.10 GHz1.15 GHz1.05 GHz1.15 GHz1.20 GHz
PCIe Lanes (CPU)1616
PCIe Lanes (Z370)< 24< 24
TDP65 W91 W65 W95 W65 W95 W
Price (RRP)$130$180$200$260$340$370

Standard – Up to $150

Ultra – From $150 to $250

Master Race – From $250 to $350

Previous Generations

AMD AM4 – Ryzen, 2017

AMD Ryzen 1st Gen Desktop Processors
Cores/ThreadsOCBase ClockBoost ClockTotal CacheTDPPrice
Ryzen 3 12004/4Yes3.1 GHz3.4 GHz8 MB65 W$115
Ryzen 3 1300X4/4Yes3.5 GHz3.7 GHz8 MB65 W$130
Ryzen 5 14004/8Yes3.5 GHz3.4 GHz8 MB65 W$150
Ryzen 5 1500X4/8Yes3.5 GHz3.7 GHz8 MB65 W$175
Ryzen 5 16006/12Yes3.5 GHz3.6 GHz16 MB65 W$210
Ryzen 5 1600X6/12Yes3.6 GHz4.0 GHz16 MB95 W$220
Ryzen 7 17008/16Yes3.0 GHz3.7 GHz16 MB65 W$295
Ryzen 7 1700X8/16Yes3.4 GHz3.8 GHz16 MB95 W$310
Ryzen 7 1800X8/16Yes3.6 GHz4.0 GHz16 MB95 W$350

Standard – Up to $150

Ultra – From $150 to $250

Master Race – From $250 to $350

The Ryzen 7 processors are an excellent choice for professional sectors such as design or video editing.

If you want to build a gaming computer, I would recommend you to get an i3-8350K instead, as it has a better performance/core and it’s cheaper, which is what we want for a better gaming experience.

We will have to wait until games are (better) programmed so they can squeeze the full potential of all CPU’s cores. When that time comes, we can start considering buying a Ryzen CPU for gaming purposes.

Intel LGA 1151 – Kaby Lake, 2017 Q1, 7th Gen

Standard – Up to $150

Ultra – From $150 to $250

Master Race – From $250 to $350



Added Products

  • April 24, 2018: AMD Ryzen 2nd Generation
  • April 9, 2018: Coffe Lake GOLD models (Pentium G5xxx)
  • February 2, 2018: Intel i7-8700K
  • October 11, 2017: Intel Coffe Lake’s: i3-8100, i3-8350K, i5-8400, i5-8600K, i7-8700
  • August 1, 2017: AMD Ryzen 3 1200, AMD Ryzen 3 1300X
  • July 11, 2017: new Skylake-X family: i5-7640X, i7-7740X, i7-7800X, i7-7820X
  • May 9, 2017: Ryzen 5 1400, 1500X, 1600, 1600X; Ryzen 7 1700, 1700, 1800X
  • February 3, 2017: Intel Pentium G4560
  • January 31, 2017: Intel Pentium G4600
  • January 13, 2017: all desktop Intel’s Kaby Lake processors:
    • i3-7100, i3-7200: in the first tier
    • i3-7320, i3-7350K, i5-7400, i5-7500, i5-7600, i5-7600K: in the second tier
    • i7-7700, i7-7700K: in the third tier

Removed Products

  • April 19, 2018: remove discontinued generations
  • February 5, 2018: Intel LGA 2011-v3 and Skylake-X processors in favor of Coffe Lake models


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Adrian Benavides

I've been always an avid gamer with limited resources. This led me to learn how to build the best gaming computers within tight budgets. Now, I want to share the knowledge I've acquired over the years with the world!

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