Best Gaming CPUs Under $300

 

In the under $150 category, there were a lot of processors that might have been good enough if the kind of games you played weren’t that demanding. But probably wouldn’t be up to the job if you were looking to play something a bit more intensive.

The under $300 category kind of puts an end to this. In this price range you can get yourself an incredibly powerful Processor (and still get good bang for your buck). Processors on the upper end of this price category will allow you to play any game you like on excellent settings too.

The rest of your system will naturally have to be up-to-scratch, but if there are any issues, it won’t be anything to do with your processor.
This is a nice little sweet spot and makes the step-up in price well worth the money.

 

 

Best gaming CPUs Under $300

 

Intel Core i5 6600K 3.50 GHz Quad Core Skylake

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This is quite simply, one of the best Gaming Processors you can buy. Not just because it’ll let you play pretty much any game you can think of, but also because it’s cheap.

The i5 will be more than powerful enough to play your games, while at the same time saving you money. You can then spend this money on components that will make a difference to your gameplay, such as getting additional RAM or a more powerful Graphics Card.

That way, you get a much better return on your investment than you would by just buying a more expensive CPU for the sake of it when it actually wouldn’t make very much difference when gaming.

The i5 has a processing speed of 3.5GHz, along with 4 Processors. Although this might not seem like much when compared with some of the AMD models, remember that you can’t compare across manufacturers as the results just won’t be the same.

Rest assured that the i5 is incredibly powerful and well worth the money.There’s a possibility that the i5 might be a little too expensive for you.

And perhaps you’d rather spend the money on a better GPU instead. That’s up to you, and if so then you might prefer one of the cheaper options.

But if you’re spending around the $600 mark in total, then you might like the i5. It offers phenomenal power, great value for money, and you’ll be able to play pretty much any game you want.

In other words, a bargain.

Specifications
  • CPU Socket Type: LGA 1151
  • # of Cores: Quad-Core
  • # of Threads: 8
  • Operating Frequency: 3.5 GHz
  • 64-Bit Support: Yes
  • Cooling Device: Cooling device not included – Processor Only

 

Intel Core i5 6500 3.20 GHz Quad Core Skylake

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The first thing to say about the 6500 is that it’s not as good as the 6600K. This doesn’t make it bad by any stretch, but it’s just something to note.

The second thing to say is that it’s still exquisite. While it’s not as powerful as the 6600K, it still offers 4 Cores and 3.2GHz of clocking speed, with a turbo that gets up to 3.6GHz. This is powerful enough for pretty much any game.

A distinct advantage that it has over the 6600K is with regards to price. The 6500 is a fair bit cheaper, and this is where you have to decide how much money you have to spend.

If you’re on a pretty tight budget, then you might be best off getting the i5-6500, and spending the money, you save either on more RAM or a better GPU.

Although having a better Processor does help when playing, unless it’s causing a bottleneck, you’ll likely see a far better return on investment from either more RAM or a better Graphics Card.

If you’ve got a bit more money, though, you might prefer the 6600K.

In other words, a bargain.

Specifications
  • CPU Socket Type: LGA 1151
  • # of Cores: Quad-Core
  • # of Threads: 4
  • Operating Frequency: 3.2 GHz
  • 64-Bit Support: Yes

 

AMD FX-8350 FX-Series 8-Core Black Edition Processor

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This is an excellent offering from AMD which provides the Processor along with an SSD for additional speed and memory.

What’s particularly notable about this bundle is the value, while I have a soft spot for Intel Processors, even I have to admit that the value offered by the FX-8350 is phenomenal. It has 8 Cores and a Clocking Speed of 4GHz which can get up to 4.2 with the turbo.

This means it’s extremely quick and if you decide to get the FX-8350, you won’t have any problems playing any game you like. Regarding power, it’s probably just as good as the Intel 6600K, which is powerful enough to handle any game at all.

So if you’re looking for a bargain, and particularly if you like AMD Processors. Then this model might be perfect for you.

It does depend on the price, though, which does fluctuate. But if you can get this for more than $40 less than the Intel then I would seriously consider it.

However, if you prefer Intel products then you’d probably be better off with the 6600K. Ultimately they’re both phenomenal CPUs and you can’t really go wrong either way.

Specifications
  • CPU Socket Type: Socket AM3+
  • # of Cores: Quad-Core
  • # of Threads: 4
  • Operating Frequency: 3.2 GHz
  • 64-Bit Support: Yes

 

AMD FX-8370 Black Edition 8 Core CPU Processor AM3+

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This is a similar model to the 8350 we looked at above, except it’s a little more powerful. It comes with 8 Cores and a 4.3 GHz Clocking Speed.

The 8370 will allow you to play every single game you can think of, just as long as the rest of your PC’s good enough (obviously if you’ve got 1GB of RAM then you’re not going to have enough power).

It is quicker than the 8350, so you’ll probably notice that when gaming a little, but more so when you’re doing other more CPU dependant tasks.
Whether you get this Processor will depend on two factors:

Firstly, whether you prefer Intel or AMD Processors. If you prefer AMD, then you might be better off with either this or the slightly slower 8350. But if you like the Intel you’d probably rather get either the 6600K or a slightly cheaper option instead.

Secondly, your budget. If you’ve got a little more to spend then you’ll probably like the 8370, it’s faster, and you will notice the difference. But if you’re on a tighter budget you’ll probably prefer to get the 8350. That way, you can save a little cash and spend that money on a GPU or more RAM, where it’ll have a much greater effect.

Specifications
  • CPU Socket Type: Socket AM3+
  • # of Cores: 8-Core
  • # of Threads: 8
  • Operating Frequency: 4.0 GHz (4.3 GHz Turbo)
  • 64-Bit Support: Yes

Conclusion

This concludes our list of best gaming CPUs under $300. As you may have seen the processors on our list offer quite a good performance as they will let you play your favorite game on high settings. Like we mentioned above, the CPU isn’t the only important part of being able to play most video games on high settings.

I’d recommend these CPUs for people who want to fully experience video games on a higher setting. Once again make sure you check the hardware compatibility before purchasing, as some PC component do not work when linked together.