If you’ve recently picked up one of the best graphics cards on the market, you’ll want to make sure your current CPU isn’t bottlenecking your system’s performance – after all, your gaming PC is only as good as its slowest component. Fortunately, if you’re in the market for a CPU upgrade, there are a couple of chips discounted on Amazon right now.
Over in the US, you can pick up an Intel Core i7 9700K for $295.95 at a 28% ($114.04) discount, down from $409.99. Despite it soon being two generations old once the Rocket Lake-S chips release in a few months, this eight-core, eight-threaded chip is still more than up to the task of running the latest games.
On Amazon UK, you can pick up the 16-threaded AMD Ryzen 7 3700X chip, which made our list of the best gaming CPUs you can buy. This has an 18% (£60) reduction, bringing it down to £269.99 from £329, which is perfect for games and any productivity tasks that you throw at it.
Intel’s chip runs at a base clock of 3.6GHz, with a single-core boost up to 4.9GHz. Since this model is a K variant, it’s also unlocked for overclocking, giving you the potential to squeeze out even more performance when paired with one of the best AIO coolers.
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The Ryzen 7 3700X has eight cores, with an identical base clock of 3.6GHz, and a single-core boost up to 4.4GHz. Like all the Ryzen chips, it’s overclockable out of the box without any special designation.
Whenever you upgrade your CPU, make sure you’ve got a motherboard with a compatible socket – you can check our list for the best gaming motherboards if you need an upgrade in that department, too.