Sure, of course you’re going to want the best graphics card you can afford when you’re putting together a new gaming PC, but you won’t get very far without a good CPU at its heart. The good news is that you can save a good chunk of cash right now on the AMD Ryzen 7 3800X, which means that much more of your PC building budget can go toward punishing polygons.
The Ryzen 7 3800X is what you might call an all-rounder. With its eight cores and 16 threads that clock in at 3.9GHz (with a boost speed of up to 4.5GHz), it makes mincemeat out of productivity tasks like 3D modelling, video editing, and streaming. Its Zen 2 architecture delivers terrific thermal and power efficiency, and it has single-thread performance to put it in the big leagues with the best gaming CPUs.
It’s not as beefy as the far more expensive Ryzen 9 3900X, but with the current discounts on the 3800X you’re getting a huge amount of bang for your buck with this processor. On Amazon’s US site, the Ryzen 7 3800X is currently 15% off, putting it at $339.99. The real savings are for UK customers, who can pick this CPU up for just £291.99 – 27% off its normal list price of £399.99.
That sound you heard is £108 that can now be put toward a beastlier graphics card or a case packed full of RGB fans.
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You’ll be pleased to know, however, that this CPU comes with an included AMD Wraith Prism cooler which not only keeps your new silicon’s temperatures under control, it also lights up like a midway carnival ride.
Again, this is a great chip to consider if your gaming PC doubles as your work PC – you’ll have plenty of oomph to field the biggest possible units in Total War Saga: Troy, and you’ll be able to encode that video presentation without things grinding to a sludgy halt.