Think of it this way… you aren’t going to save much money on a new graphics card anytime soon. Might even have to pay a little extra, right? So let’s make up for that cost by getting the rest of your PC parts at a discount. Start with the CPU. This Intel Core i5-10600K desktop processor is down to $183 at Amazon. It has been selling for around $215 since May. Today’s deal is only the second time it has ever dropped this low through Amazon. You can still find it going for its regular price at other retailers like Newegg.
We reviewed the Intel Core i5-10600K processor last September and gave it 4 out of 5 stars with a Recommended badge. Harish Jonnalagadda said this CPU “offers the best gaming performance of any CPU in the $300 category. In fact, it is similar to the 10-core/20-thread Core i9-10900K in this particular area, and the value on offer makes it the default choice if you’re looking for an Intel CPU for gaming.”
This CPU does make the switch to the LGA1200 socket, which probably means if you’re using an older processor you’re going to need a newer motherboard to go with it. Essentially you’re looking at the Z490 series motherboards, but lucky for you we know the best ones to buy for Intel’s processor.
Of course, if you’re starting over or just want a full upgrade for your PC, there’s plenty of other parts you can look at as well. Don’t forget to get a great PC case, and get the best RAM for the Core i5-10600K while you’re at it. The best GPU will mostly be up to you, and hopefully you can find what you want.
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