We rated, reviewed, & compared 22 of the best processors for gaming across various budgets. These top gaming CPUs are perfect for gamers or anyone else looking for a solid desktop processor.
Best Gaming CPUs Over $400
Best Gaming CPUs Under $400
Best Gaming CPUs Under $300
Best Gaming CPUs Under $200
Best Gaming CPUs Under $100
The processor is at the center of everything in your computer. It is the “brains” of the operation. And, in order to build a solid gaming computer in 2018, you’re going to need a quality CPU. While some games (like first person shooters) are heavily dependent on your graphics card, other games (like RTS’ and MMORPGs) have many more calculations that need to be carried out and therefore utilize your processor more.
This should factor into your decision when looking for the best gaming CPU for your build.
Another thing you’ll need to take into account is the total budget you’ve set for your build. You obviously don’t want to spend $300 on a processor if you’re building a $400 budget gaming PC, because you wouldn’t have very much money left over for other parts.
And, likewise, putting a $100 processor in a high-end $1,000 gaming PC probably isn’t a good use of your budget as well.
In this post, we will take a look at the best CPUs for gaming in 2018. I’ve broken down the categories into five different price ranges: the best processors over $400, the best processors under $400, the best processors under $300, the best processors under $200, and the best processors under $100.
For each price range, there are multiple CPUs listed and each one has a brief overview of the processor as well as a list of specifications.